1949 - 2023
Scott Eugene Ahlsmith
1949 - 2023
It is with great sadness that the family and friends of Scott Eugene Ahlsmith, announce Scott’s passing on December 25, 2023, in Tacoma, Washington, following a long hard fought illness that inspired a website to help others facing chronic illness: ”Don’t Waste this Disease.”
Born in 1949 to Gene and Eleanor Smith, Scott made the most of his 74 years of life, beginning with 4H, Eagle Scout career in Indianola, Iowa. He graduated from the University of Kansas, after a hiatus to Woodstock, with a degree in Journalism and the creation of the most unique Yearbook in that school’s history as well as being one of the first graduates from that school’s nascent computer technology program — a technology focus that never abated.
The Midwest would form Scott’s work ethic, but not contain him. He veered into travel with Josten’s, beginning a 45-year journey in retail travel as a group leader, author, agency owner, partner in TRAMS, CTO of Virtuoso, consultant to Apple Leisure Group, Chairman of the Board of the Travel Institute and consistent friend and supporter of travel advisors, recently launching Travel AIcademy.
Concurrent with his career in travel and technology, Scott was a voracious reader, a radio host, a writer, a dynamic public speaker, a 2nd level sommelier, a baker, an accomplished photographer, a Board member of NPR jazz and blues station KNKX, a dog-lover, and a world-traveler.
Scott was intellectually curious, deeply thoughtful, quietly hilarious, tenaciously optimistic, and a true explorer of this big world and its inhabitants. He will be greatly missed.
Scott was preceded in death by his father Gene, sister Sana and is survived by his mother Eleanor, brother-in-law Duane, son Taylor, daughter-in-law Rachel, granddaughter Olivia and partner and friend, Kristi Jones.
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