Stanford Scott Smith, age 61, of Evergreen passed Friday, January 31, 2020.
Born in Ohio in 1958, Scott passed away following complications with a lengthy illness in Jan 2020 in hospital near his family home in Colorado.
Scott is survived by his wife, Roxanne; 3 children, Adrianne, Lauren, and Nathan; and 5 grandchildren, Michael, Joshua, Kaelynn, Alana, and Bowie.
Scott received his Bachelors in Aerospace Engineering from Syracuse University and Masters in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from Stanford University.
He was a brilliant pioneer in the space technology industry, with a career spanning nearly 40 years of bringing his talents to companies such as Lockheed Martin, Space Imaging, Digital Globe, and Iridium. Scott was an invaluable board member of such companies as Rocket Lab, Skybox, and Iris Automation, and his passion for mentoring innovative aerospace startups led him to devote his expertise to Bessemer Venture Partners, even after he retired as Chief Operating Officer of Iridium in 2018, where he was pivotal to the successful launch of the constellation of 66 Iridium NEXT satellites via SpaceX rockets. He received numerous professional accolades and awards in the aerospace industry.
In his personal life, Scott was an avid collector of exotic cars. He enjoyed off-roading adventures and piloting drones, was ecstatic about finally traveling for pleasure instead of business, and remained enthusiastic about great classic rock artists and films. Most of all, he loved spending time with his family and playing with his grandchildren. He will be missed greatly by all whose lives he touched, especially his loving family.
Some of Scott’s associations have written articles in memory of him and his accomplishments in the Aerospace Industry –
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