Scott Beigel was a teacher. A cross-country coach. A counselor. A son. A brother. An uncle.  A grandchild. A nephew. A cousin. A friend.

He died a hero for his actions at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, where he taught geography and coached cross-country.

For 2 months a year for the past 28 summers, camp was Scott’s home.  He first came to camp as a reluctant camper whose mother, Linda, gave him prepared fill-in-the-bubble notes to send home to Long Island.  He returned year after year, until he became a beloved staff member and counselor.  The other 10 months of the year Scott couldn’t quite find the same feeling of stability.  That is until the summer of 2017, when the trail from camp led him to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, 1300 miles away in Parkland, FL.  where he took a job as a nineth-grade geography teacher and cross country coach.

“He was a hero before he saved these lives. Just as many people who will be talking about Scott would be calling him a hero even if this didn’t occur. Obviously, a tragedy,” Beigel’s sister Melissa Zech said Saturday.

“Scott Beigel wasn’t a hero because he opened the door to his classroom at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that day. He was a hero because he opened doors every day.”

Truly kind and thoughtful words by President Barack Obama. Thank you for your support!
Letter from Barack Obama

Dear Michael and Linda-

Your son seemed like an extraordinary young man, and Michelle and I grieve alongside you.

We can only imagine the hardship you are going through; hopefully all the wonderful memories can help ease the pain.

We’ll get the details about your fund in his honor. In the meantime, you are in our thoughts and prayers.

-Barack Obama


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Scott J. Beigel Memorial Fund

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Aidan Hirsch – Thank you for your love of Scott and for helping us keep his memory alive. Your hard work and the setting up of “Brackets for Beigel” honors Scott and his love of camp. By raising funds for the Scott J. Beigel Memorial Fund you have given underprivileged children the opportunity to attend camp this summer. ... See MoreSee Less

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Aiden, Gr8 job! The Dornbush family looks forward to continuing this tradition in Scott’s honor. Thank you and your family for donating their time, hard work and support!!

Here is a real easy way for all our friends to help support the Scott J Beigel Memorial Fund. Amazon Smile is now recognizing the Scott J Beigel Memorial Fund, Inc as one of their designated charities. Amazon (Amazon Prime) will donate 0.5% of all eligible purchases to the Fund. It costs you nothing extra. You use your same Amazon (Amazon Prime) login. Nothing changes except----To sign up, instead of logging in to Amazon.com, log into smile.amazon.com. Then, in the search line type Scott J Beigel Memorial Fund. Then you indicate the Scott J Beigel Memorial Fund as your designated charity. Once again, this is no extra cost to you. This is Amazon’s way of donating to worthy charities. As always, thank you for helping make our Fund a success. ... See MoreSee Less

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