John Scandrett, emeritus professor of physics, passed away on February 21, 2021 at age 87. He started his career at Washington University in 1966. In addition to being a professor, he was a cellist who performed for many years in the St. Louis Philharmonic and later played in classical string quartets with friends.
According to a Washington University Record article from 1981, Scandrett taught a "Musical Computer" course which was a popular way to attract students from other disciplines (music, art, mathematics, engineering) to the physics department.
Scandrett also ran a consulting business, First is Fast, in which he used then-new microcomputers to control industrial processes. He invited other department members to work with him from time to time.