Scott Clark '56

  • Scott Clark, a 1956 Rush-Henrietta graduate, is an emeritus professor in environmental health at the University of Cincinnati and a leading authority on the lead content of household paint. From Rush-Henrietta to the international stage, his contributions to the public health field through both education and research have made an impact around the globe.

    Scott attended Antioch College, earning his bachelor’s degree in engineering and science in 1961. Afterward, he graduated from Johns Hopkins University, where he received a master’s degree, and then a doctoral degree, in environmental engineering and science. During the two years that followed, Scott pursued his passion by working as an engineer with the Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission. There, he took part in efforts to reduce the impact of acid pollution from coal mines.

    Scott joined the Department of Environmental Health at the University of Cincinnati in 1967 as a research associate and became a full professor in 1985. During this time, he spent 15 years as director of the university’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Research Center.

    Among Scott’s major research activities at the university were two multi-year projects involving lead-based paint exposure in the residential environment. One was a series of projects that comprised a nationwide evaluation of the HUD Lead-Based Paint Hazard Control program. Results from this program have been used in efforts across the nation, including here in Rochester, to design programs to reduce the hazards of resulting from past use of lead paint.

    As a result of his efforts, Scott has played a major role in the examination of the lead content in new paint. Thirty-five countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, and South America are using his findings today to help manage public health.

    Throughout his career, Scott has received many awards, produced nearly 100 publications, written about 50 book chapters and reports, and presented his findings throughout the world. Now in his 70s, Scott continues to participate in international efforts designed to eliminate the use of lead in paints in developing countries.

    Scott and his wife, Madelon, live in North Carolina. They have two children, both of whom have earned doctorate degrees.