Major General Richard M. Scott
Major General Richard M. Scott, Pennsylvania's Adjutant General, was sworn into office February 16, 1979.
A native of Lancaster, Pa., General Scott graduated from Lancaster Boys' School and the United States Military Academy at West Point where he received a bachelor of science degree in June 1942. He graduated from Air Corps pilot training in 1942 and in January 1944 was assigned to England where he flew P38 combat missions over Europe. In March 1944, General Scott failed to return from a combat mission over Brunswick, Germany. He evaded German forces in occupied areas of The Netherlands, Belgium and France for more than four months before being captured and imprisoned at Stalag Luft III in Sagan, Germany. Subsequently, in April 1945, he escaped and returned through Allied lines.
General Scott retired from the U.S. Air Force in 1970 with the rank of brigadier general and the aeronautical rating of command pilot. He is a graduate of the Air Command and Staff College, Armed Forces Staff College and the National War College. General Scott earned a master's degree in international relations from George Washington University, Washington, D.C.
Following his military service, General Scott returned to Lancaster where he was elected mayor of the city in 1973. He was reelected as mayor of Lancaster in 1977, resigning in 1979 to assume the duties of Pennsylvania Adjutant General and head of the Department of Military Affairs.
General Scott is married to the former Flo Fonneman of Lancaster. They have three children: Sue Anne Campbell, Stephanie Laura Grimes and Richard Michael, and five grandchildren.