Robert Scott Tucker ’94, a teacher and coach, was born on March 8, 1970, in Greenwich, CT. The elder son of Robert T., an attorney-at-law, and Ann M. Tucker, an events coordinator, he grew up in Rye, NY, attended Rye High School, and prepared for college at the Kent School in Connecticut. There he captained the hockey teamand also lettered in baseball and football.
Scott Tucker entered Hamilton in 1990 and joined Psi Upsilon,which he would serve as president for two years. Introduced to squash on the Hill, he added it to his athletic interests. By his junior year he had achieved a national ranking in the sport, and he became captain of Hamilton’s team.With a concentration in English literature and a minor in philosophy, he was graduated in 1994.
After leaving the Hill, Scott Tucker pursued graduate studies at the State University of New York College at Fredonia, where he also did some coaching of Division II hockey while earning a master’s degree in English, conferred in 1996.
After leaving Fredonia, he spent a year of independent study at Cambridge University in England before accepting a teaching and coaching position at the King & Low-Heywood Thomas School in Stamford, CT. There he taught British and American literature to students of high school age while also coaching boys’ ice hockey, soccer, and tennis.
In 1999, after two years at the preparatory day school, Scott Tucker left and moved to Greenwich to join the faculty of the Brunswick School. At Brunswick he also coached numerous sports, from hockey to baseball to crosscountry. At the time of his death he was chairman of Brunswick’s English department. An inspiring teacher, he had an extraordinary impact on his students, and many of them felt motivated by Scott’s example to consider teaching as their own future career. In the meantime, he continued his graduate studies and earned a second master’s, in education, from Columbia University.
Scott Tucker had a passion for everything he did. He loved sports, including fishing, as well as reading,writing poetry, and spending time with his two young children. His favorite place to visit and relax was Lake Bomoseen in Vermont, where his parents had long owned a house and which was once well known in literary circles as the summer retreat of Hamilton alumnus Alexander Woollcott and his celebrity friends.
R. Scott Tucker, who had been diagnosed with cancer at the age of 18 and who subsequently struggled with health problems because of the disease, died in his sleep on January 6, 2007.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife, the former Catherine R. Palmer ’93, whom he had first met at Hamilton and were friends for seven years before they began dating. They were married in New Canaan,CT, on March 14, 1998, with many Hamilton alumni in attendance. Also surviving are their son and daughter, Matthew, 7, and Melissa, 3, as well as Scott’s brother, Kyle.
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Brian Joseph Daniels ’99
A financial analyst, was born on May 10, 1977, to Joseph Daniels, a corporate financial planning manager, and the late Mary Daniels. He grew up in Monroe, CT, where he was graduated from Masuk High School in 1995, and entered Hamilton that year. With economics as his concentration, he earned his diploma in 1999.
The College has little information about Brian Daniels’ subsequent activities except that he was recently employed as a financial analyst. According to a newspaper obituary, he “died suddenly of natural causes” in Orlando, FL, at age 29. Social Security records verify the date as January 13, 2007. He is survived by his father and stepmother, Sally Daniels, as well a brother, Michael.
Family and friends remember him as “a sensitive, caring young man” and “a natural athlete with a special talent for basketball and golf.”
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