By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun
4:46 PM EDT, June 24, 2013
Cynthia C. "Cyndy" Scott, a senior vice president at Tower Federal Credit Union in Laurel who was active in Democratic political campaigns, died June 13 of unknown causes at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. The Canton resident was 66.
"She collapsed at home and was taken to Bayview Medical Center. We are now waiting for an autopsy report as to the cause of death," said her brother, Kevin Dwyer Sr. of Philadelphia.
The daughter of Judge William A. Dwyer Jr. of the Philadelphia County Common Pleas Court and Cynthia Dwyer, the former Cynthia C. Dwyer was born and raised in Philadelphia.
After graduating in 1965 from Gwynedd-Mercy Academy in Spring House, Pa., Ms. Scott earned a bachelor's degree in 1969 from Temple University. In 1979, she earned a master's degree in business from LaSalle University.
Ms. Scott held marketing and advertising positions with Campbell Soup, Colonial Penn Insurance and Harrah's Hotels and Casinos until coming to Baltimore in the late 1980s.
She had been working for four years in marketing at Baltimore Gas & Electric Co. when she went to work at Tower Federal Credit Union in 2000.
"Cyndy pulled together Tower's marketing division. She had such a personality and vitality and was always on the move. She was a very positive person," said Patricia Wagaman, Tower's vice president of advertising and public relations, who earlier had worked with Ms. Scott at BGE.
"When she went to Tower, she called me and said she had a 'little job' for me and would I be interested in taking it. I thought it would be a little less pressure," said Ms. Wagaman. "Well, we started working 10-hour days and we worked very hard, and the department took off."
She said that Ms. Scott was excellent at pulling all the facts needed for a campaign together, analyzing them and setting a goal.
"She was famous for saying if you do all the 'proper up-front analysis,' there is no reason why a marketing campaign should not succeed," said Ms. Wagaman. "She was always very keen on setting goals."
During Ms. Scott's marketing tenure, the credit union's membership base grew from 97,000 credit union members to 127,000, according to Ms. Wagaman.
She was active in the affairs of the National Association of Federal Credit Unions, which presented its Paul Revere Award to Ms. Scott last year, and the Credit Union National Association.
"Cyndy had a passion for politics and was very active on Capitol Hill, attending the annual NAFCU Congressional Caucus and CUNA Governmental Affairs conference gatherings," her brother said.
"She was an outspoken voice for credit unions and met regularly with Maryland lawmakers to discuss the issues facing credit unions and consumers," he said, adding that Ms. Scott was also a "strong advocate for regional economic growth."
Ms. Scott was a member of the board of the Baltimore Washington Corridor Chamber and was a member of the Fort Meade Alliance, BWI Business Partnership, Tech Council of Maryland, and the Greater Baltimore Tech Council. She was also a governing member of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.
An active Democrat, Ms. Scott brought her marketing skills to various political campaigns on both the city and state level.
"She gave lots of time to this and always expected good results. She was a terrific fundraiser," said Ms. Wagaman. "She worked on the campaigns of Barbara Mikulski, Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, Martin O'Malley, Ben Cardin and John Sarbanes."
Ms. Scott had lived on Bond Street in Fells Point before moving to a home on Elliott Street in Canton. She liked sailing and was an avid golfer. She traveled the world and enjoyed playing golf at noted courses in Ireland and Scotland.
She was married for nearly 20 years to John J. Scott, a retired insurance company administrator who died in 2006.
Ms. Scott and Ms. Wagaman maintained a close friendship.
"She was my manager, mentor, career builder, political ally, fashion-fun talker, dog-loving storyteller, fun-night-out partner, and most of all, a loyal and supportive friend," said Ms. Wagaman.
Ms. Scott was a communicant of St. Casimir Roman Catholic Church, 2800 O'Donnell St., Canton, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 1 p.m. Friday.
In addition to her brother, Ms. Scott is survived by a sister, Charlene Foley of Fairfax, Va.; and several nieces and nephews. An earlier marriage ended in divorce.
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