Tuesday: Celebration of life of Scott Carey of Portola Valley


A celebration of the life of Scott T. Carey, a former mayor of Palo Alto and a well-known figure in Silicon Valley real estate, will be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15, at the Sharon Heights Country Club in Menlo Park.

Mr. Carey died Aug. 11 at his home in Portola Valley following a brief illness. He was 82.

Scott Carey, a Palo Alto City coucilman and mayor during the 1970s, died on Aug. 11, at his Portola Valley home. He was 82. Photo courtesy of the Carey family.
The country club is at 2900 Sand Hill Road.

He grew up in Berkeley, graduated from Berkeley High School and earned a bachelor's degree from the University of California, Berkeley. He later studied at the School of Law there at Boalt Hall, receiving his law degree in 1961.

From 1955 to 1957, he served as a pilot in the U.S. Air Force and attained the rank of captain. After graduating from law school, he began practicing in San Francisco and continued in Palo Alto from 1962 to 1968.

In 1968, he joined the residential real estate brokerage of Cornish & Carey, which had a small commercial practice in Palo Alto. During his many years at the company for which he served as president, CEO and later chairman it grew into one of the area's most prominent commercial real estate brokerages.

From 1975 to 1979, Mr. Carey served on the Palo Alto City Council, including a term as mayor. In addition, he served as an organizer and attorney for the Economic Opportunity Council of Northern Santa Clara County, a member of the Santa Clara County Land Use Commission, and a member of the board of Woodside Priory School.

He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Susan Carey of Portola Valley, and his children, Michael T. Carey of San Mateo; Dennis Carey of Hanoi, Vietnam; Jeff Beaty of Concord; Cynthia Carey of Napa Valley; Kimberly Corso of Menlo Park; Christopher Corso of Portland, Oregon; Lisa Lamb of Atherton; and Mike E. Carey of Santa Barbara. He is also survived by his brother, Peter Carey of Palo Alto; and six grandchildren.

Memorial donations can be made to the UC Berkeley School of Law; Eastside College Preparatory School, 1041 Myrtle St., East Palo Alto, CA 94303; and the Scott Carey Scholarship Fund, Woodside Priory, 302 Portola Road, Portola Valley, CA 94028.

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