Scott Lawrence Mader

June 24, 1955February 18, 2013

In loving memory of Scott L. Mader

M.D., Scott L. Mader, 57 June 24, 1955 Feb. 18, 2013 Scott L. Mader, M.D., 57, passed away peacefully one week after his best ski-race ever, surrounded by family and friends, on Feb. 18, 2013, after a long battle with multiple myeloma. He was born and raised in Salem, the son of Jackie and Howard and younger brother to Robert (Gwen) Mader. He was a loving husband of 30 years to Maureen (nee O'Malley). Dear father to Kevin, Erin, Ellen and Brian. Uncle, cousin, nephew and friend to many.

He played football at North Salem High School. He was a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity at Willamette University and studied medicine at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. After completing his medical residency at the University of Rochester in New York, he did a Geriatric Fellowship at the University of California in Los Angeles.

He had a passion for working with veterans and with the deeply committed staff at the Portland VA Medical Center, a position, which enabled him the ever-challenging roles of administrator, researcher and clinician. As an educator, he was a Professor of Medicine at OHSU.

Taking his responsibilities to his family and friends as earnestly as his work, Scott loved to spend time with them by skiing, backpacking, fishing and playing backyard badminton with "Mader House Rules." Music played a central role in his life and he enjoyed playing a wide array of instruments and tried much to the delight and chagrin (depending on the instrument) to imprint this passion to his family and friends. He never forgot his roots and loved spending time at his 150-year-old family farm. His only regret was that he could not live out his retirement picking up rocks, weeding and plowing fields.

For information on services as well as memories, stories and pictures, please visit In lieu of flowers, the family asks that remembrances be made in Scott Mader's name to support Patient Support Services at the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute. Please make your checks payable to the OHSU Foundation and mail to Mail Stop 45 PO Box 4000, Portland, OR 97208-9852.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Young's Funeral Home in Tigard, Oregon. Our entire staff extends their sincere condolences to the extended family and many friends of Scott Mader. May God's peace sustain you during this season of loss. It has been an honor to serve you.


  • Wake Thursday, February 21, 2013
  • Funeral Mass Friday, February 22, 2013
  • Rite of Commital Saturday, February 23, 2013

Scott Lawrence Mader

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April 17, 2013

Our deepest sympathy for the loss of your loved one, Scott. I am speeking for the Patton Family, of Lebanon, who lost another cousin.

John Dolese

April 14, 2013

Scott was my resident assistant my first year at Willamete. He was well-suited for the position. He was universally well-liked and respected. He also had a great sense of humor. He had a overstuffed chair that he was particularly fond of that was frequently moved to new places, including on the roof, by other residents in the dorm. He just took it in stride. He excelled at what he put his mind too, but it was never about showing off or his own ego. Most of us found it amusing while we were adapting to the rigors of college that he was learning to play violin in his spare time. I remember him as a kind, funny, decent, extremely-intelligent individual who made my first year at Willamette a more positive experience. I suspect the other freshmen at Lee House would say the same. He did have one quality that all of us found amusing: he was such a sound sleeper that he would sleep through alarm clocks. Lee house had sleeping porch then, and it was not uncommon for one of us to have to go shake Scott's bunk in the morning because his alarm clock had been ringing for several minutes while he slept. Of course we teased him, but we were glad he was there. I send condolences to his family. Rest in peace Scott!

Judy Slivka

March 13, 2013

We at the Cleveland VA remember Scott fondly. I appreciated his enthusiastic visit to us in December. My deepest sympathy to Maureen and the family.

Ron, Nancy and Ben Gronowski

March 12, 2013

We were so sorry to hear of Scott's untimely death. We have fond memories of him at OLL. He was a fine man and wonderful father, and we know you will miss him.

D Asuncion

March 6, 2013

Just learned this evening of Dr. Mader's passing last Feb. He was a very humble person, a great mentor in Geriatrics. May his soul rest in peace. My sincerest condolences and prayers to his family...

Alicia DeCosta

March 1, 2013

So sorry to hear of Scott's passing. The OLL family is small and strong. I'm thinking about your family.

Dolores Christensen

February 26, 2013

I am so very sorry to hear of Scott's passing. What a terrible loss and for one so very young! His parents were very dear friends of ours and they were both in our wedding so long ago (6/9/51). Jackie was a sorority sister and the best president I remember for the AXO house. I know they were so very proud of you and all your accomplishments. Again my prayers are with you all for the huge hole that is left in your household.

Kathleen Berry

February 26, 2013

Maureen and family, the Magnificat Class of 1973 Star Scholarship Committee extends our deepest sympathies to you in the loss of your husband. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time. May God's blessings be with you and your family. Your friends...Kathy Berry, Debbie Cherry, Mary Kelly, Patty Hogue Patterson and Kim Vivolo.

Brian Bogatin

February 25, 2013

Remembering you every PACRAT race! On behalf of all PACRAT Racers and Team will be missed!
Enjoy your fresh tracks!

Dr. Jeanie White

February 25, 2013

Dear Mader Family.... I had the fortune to work with Scott at Vancouver VA clinic for several years. He was an inspiration and his love for the vets was quite evident. I am so sorry for your loss. You are in my prayers.