Dr. Scot Chrisman, 1945-2011
We were saddened to learn of the passing of Dr. Scot Chrisman last week at his home in Knoxville. Doc — that’s what we called him, “Doc” — was a great friend to all of us at CBR Southeast.
He led an interesting life, to say the least. As a younger man, he was a medical doctor specializing in psychiatry. He later ran a construction company. By the time we knew him, he had morphed into a marketing guru/consultant. That’s quite a transformation! He created 4 Aces Web Consulting and he loved to get his websites into the top positions on Google.
Doc had a tremendous influence on our work at CBR that will live on for many years. He created the Pro Life on Campus theme that is featured in our website, fundraising programs, and printed materials.
Based on extensive study of our work, he suggested that our “unique selling proposition” is that our projects are winning hearts, changing minds, and saving lives. He showed us how to structure our website to not only say it, but also prove it.
We had been talking about what to name our website. We thought about CBRSoutheast, ProLifeSoutheast, ProLifeSE, and a host of other ideas, none of which we liked very much. But then one morning I walked into his office (a table at the Panera Bread on North Peters Road) and immediately noted the gleam in his eye. He told me he had solved our problem. ProLifeOnCampus.com had come to him at about 2 o’clock in the morning, so he went online and just bought it for us. It was perfect.
He also helped us conceptualize what we do and talk about it in ways that would resonate with a larger percentage of the general public. You can see his fingerprints all over our latest promotional video. He told me that if he could help us market the controversial work we do at CBR, he could help anybody market anything!
This very blog was his idea.
Doc was a man of ideas. Every week or two, he had a new idea that would make us all rich. A week later, that can’t-miss idea was forgotten and he was furiously working on the next one. One day he was figuring out a way to sell movies; a week later, he was marketing emu oil. I fully expected that eventually he would hit on that big break-through that would make our Doc rich and famous. I’m sorry he didn’t have more time to pursue that dream.
Doc loved God and country; you can be sure of that. When we weren’t talking business, we were talking religion and politics. Those were his two favorite topics. And mine. It was always a lot of fun, never boring. We didn’t always agree on theological matters, but I could always count on hearing a unique perspective that was worth considering.
This is a sad time for all of us left behind, but I know that Doc is enjoying his eternal reward. I look forward to seeing him again. That is our promise:
Jesus said to her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believes in Me, though he were dead, yet shall he live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this? (John 11:25-26)
For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (John 3:16)Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me. (John 14:7)
For more on our assurance of eternal life in Jesus Messiah, go to www.thebiblepost.com/bible-scriptures-on-eternal-life.
Hey Doc, if they have a Panera Bread in Heaven, save me a table next to yours!
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