If you read my book, Inside Madness, which is in part the story of Dr Margaret Tobin, the psychiatrist who was director of South Australia’s mental health services when she was murdered in Adelaide in 2002, you will have a sense of the character of her husband, Don Scott.
I am very sad to report that Don died on Wednesday evening. Cancer. He went peacefully at home in Adelaide, surrounded by those who loved him.
I only really got to know Don in a personal sense after the book was published. Sensibly enough, when I was researching the book, he was rather wary of the journalist prying into the intimate details of his and Margaret’s lives.
I’ve been flicking back through the book, to see what I wrote about the “knockabout bloke”. One small anecdote which made me smile to see it again…
‘Never short of a quip, Don’s response was ready when he attended work functions with Margaret. ‘And what do you do?’ would come the inevitable query from the inevitable suit. ‘Pretty much like you,’ was Don’s standard reply. ‘Whatever Margaret tells me.’
He will be missed by many, myself included. A service will be held in Adelaide on Friday 20.