Scott Douglas Ninegar passed away on October 23, as a result of a brief but intense battle with a very rare form of encephalitis. Born in Van Nuys, CA on October 29th, 1947 he spent 3 years growing up on a chicken ranch in Reseda before settling in Woodland Hills.
He was a graduate of Taft High School (1965). He received his Bachelor's degree in Economics at UC Santa Barbara in 1969 and a Masters degree in Finance from Cal State Northridge in 1972.
While in grad school he took a job as an intern at Hughes Corp. (1971-1974) where he taught himself COBOL and launched a career in programming for business systems. In 1974 he moved to TRW Space and Electronics group where he spent 20 years at the Space Park campus in Redondo Beach. He was a member of the track club and played for 10 years on the infamous "Chumps" team in the corporate softball league.
In 1994, Scott left TRW for a brief 4 years to work for the J. Paul Getty Trust as an IT Director and was instrumental in moving the Trust from the Santa Monica site to the Bel Aire campus. He returned to TRW in 1998 and immediately engaged as a member of the transition team as TRW was acquired by Northrop Grumman. He remained at Space Park, most notably R3, as an IT Director until his retirement in 2007. He then returned promptly as a consultant for another two years.
Scott was a member and frequent officer of the Los Angeles Rugby Club for over 30 years, finally retiring from his position of Fly Half at 60. He continued to play softball in the Manhattan Beach Parks and Recreation league until he was 68. He was a 40 year finisher of the Hometown 10k and spent the last decade working on the race committee, most often at the finish line. He was a marathon runner and completed several pier-to-pier swims. He was an avid golfer and up until his hospitalization he was walking 18 holes several times a week. During the COVID shutdown, Scott became a yoga instructor leading zoom classes three times a week for his friends and family members.
Scott was a Neighborhood Watch Block Captain, a Red Cross certified CPR instructor, and a member of the Manhattan Beach CERT (Community Emergency Response Team); serving on the Board of Directors for the last 2 years. He loved to hang out at the fire station and take the occasional ride in the truck as a volunteer with the paramedics.
Scott is survived by his wife, Kristi, his son Charlie, his daughter Melissa, and 5 grandchildren. A beach casual happy hour will be held to commemorate his life on Friday, December 17 at the Neptunian Woman's Club in Manhattan Beach from 4-7 PM. All vaccinated friends, neighbors and coworkers are welcome to join the family as we eat, drink and remember one helluva guy!
Published by The Beach Reporter on Nov. 4, 2021.