John Scott McAndrews
Scotty, as he was known by his friends, joined the Mammoth Mountain Ski Patrol in November of 2005 and died while attempting to make safe the mountains he loved so dearly. Scott’s life was a journey full of service to others. After graduating from Penn State University in 1991, he worked as an outdoor educator for the non-profit organization Outward Bound. Although Scott returned to the East Coast to earn a master’s degree in Special Education, the pull of the mountains soon brought him back to the Eastern Sierra. Living in Bishop offered Scott every opportunity to ski, hike and climb with his many friends—the things that made him most happy. Scott possessed a rare combination of work ethic, mental toughness, concern for his teammates, and a perpetually positive attitude. On avalanche control mornings, the patrol supervisors would arrive hours before dawn to find Scott fully dressed, ready for work, and shoveling the entryway to the patrol room. Scott’s peers voted him “Rookie of the Year,” an award he received just two days before his death.