Wil­liam H. Scar­bor­ough

Navy vet­eran taught in Bal­ti­more schools and later owned his own driver’s ed­u­ca­tion business

Baltimore Sun - - OBITUARIES - By Jes­sica An­der­son jkan­der­son@balt­sun.com twit­ter.com/jan­ders5

Wil­liam H. Scar­bor­ough, a Navy vet­eran se­verely in­jured in the1954 USS Ben­ning­ton ex­plo­sion who later ran his own driver’s ed­u­ca­tion business for 30 years, died of pneu­mo­nia on Aug. 25 at Gilchrist Hos­pice Care in Tow­son. The for­mer Parkville res­i­dent was 84. “He had a very ju­bi­lant per­son­al­ity and al­ways the life of the party. He was a gen­tle­man, truly a good man,” said Jo Ann Scar­bor­ough, his wife of 53 years.

Mr. Scar­bor­ough was born at Mercy Hos­pi­tal in 1932 to Henry Dur­kee Scar­bor­ough and Mable Golds­bor­ough Scar­bor­ough.

He grad­u­ated from the Bal­ti­more Polytech­nic In­sti­tute in 1950.

Frank Ga­le­one, who went to Poly with Mr. Scar­bor­ough, de­scribed his long­time friend as “al­ways low key.”

He re­called their first trip to Ocean City af­ter high school. Nei­ther had been to the ocean.

On the way back, he said, an­other man was driv­ing his 1939 Ply­mouth and flipped the car, but none of the men were se­ri­ously in­jured. “I guess God said, ‘I will pro­tect these four eight-balls,’ ” he said with a laugh. The group hitch­hiked their way back from Delaware to Bal­ti­more, he said.

Af­ter high school, Mr. Scar­bor­ough at­tended the Johns Hop­kins Uni­ver­sity be­fore en­list­ing in the U.S. Navy.

Mr. Scar­bor­ough was an elec­tri­cian’s mate with the rank of petty of­fi­cer 3rd class aboard the air­craft car­rier USS Ben­ning­ton when a se­ries of ex­plo­sions killed 103 crew­men and in­jured more than 200 others in Nar­ra­gansett Bay off Rhode Is­land.

Mrs. Scar­bor­ough said her hus­band suf­fered burns over his en­tire body and spent months re­cov­er­ing at Bethesda Naval Hos­pi­tal.

Af­ter the Navy, Mrs. Scar­bor­ough said, her hus­band worked for Bal­ti­more schools as a teacher and later as a pro­cure­ment ad­min­is­tra­tor.

Noel Durm, who grew up in Hamil­ton and now lives in An­napo­lis, said he and Mr. Scar­bor­ough used to go out to clubs to­gether and on dou­ble-dates in their youth.

“He was a very out­go­ing guy. He was a very hand­some man,” he said, de­scrib­ing how Mr. Scar­bor­ough could al­ways get a date.

At one of the clubs they fre­quented, the Carousel club on Charles Street, Mr. Scar­bor­ough met his wife in 1959.

“He just walked up and asked meif I liked to dance,” she said. She said she told him, “Of course.” They mar­ried in 1963. Meet­ing in a nightclub, she said, “a lot of peo­ple would say our mar­riage would never last. But we had a lot in com­mon and I think that car­ried us through. We com­mu­ni­cated well.”

The same year, the cou­ple had their only child, Elizabeth Scar­bor­ough.

In 1981, af­ter hav­ing taught driver’s ed­u­ca­tion for Bal­ti­more schools, Mr. Scar­bor­ough de­cided to open his own business, B & E Driv­ing School Inc., his wife said.

Mrs. Scar­bor­ough also worked at the business, teach­ing classes while her hus­band pre­ferred be­ing out on the road with stu­dents. “The stu­dents loved him. He would get right on the road with them. He didn’t have a fear of let­ting them take the wheel and drive,” she said.

Mr. Scar­bor­ough was a 32nd-De­gree Ma­son mem­ber of the Scot­tish Rite, Boumi Tem­ple, and a mem­ber of the Tow­son Elks. He was also a life­long mem­ber of the Beta Theta Pi fra­ter­nity, the Fleet Re­serve club, the Amer­i­can Le­gion and the USS Ben­ning­ton As­so­ci­a­tion.

In his free time, Mr. Scar­bor­ough en­joyed play­ing poker and trav­el­ing, and he was a Bal­ti­more Colts and Ori­oles fan. He at­tended the an­nual Ci­tyPoly foot­ball game with friends.

Mrs. Scar­bor­ough said he was also very ded­i­cated to his daugh­ter. “They were ex­tremely close. She talked ev­ery thing through with him. She was a daddy’s girl,” she said. They of­ten played black­jack and poker to­gether. She said her hus­band was also very close to his mother.

“He was a won­der­ful son, won­der­ful hus­band and fa­ther, and friend,” his wife said.

He do­nated his body to the Mary­land Anatomy Board. Plans for a cel­e­bra­tion of his life are in­com­plete.

In ad­di­tion to his wife and daugh­ter, who lives in Tow­son, Mr. Scar­bor­ough is sur­vived by a cousin, Bud Hat­field of Brook­landville. Wil­liam Scar­bor­ough opened B & E Driv­ing School Inc. in 1981.

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