Oldest Eagle Scout in the US dies at 101
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Oldest Eagle Scout in U.S. dies at 101
'Spider' Hyatt 'lived for merit badges'
BY TALIA BUFORD
Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin
J. Edgar "Spider" Hyatt, 101, was the oldest registered Eagle Scout in the
nation, a title friends and relatives say he lived up to.
Owego native J. Edgar "Spider" Hyatt wears a sash with some of the 64 merit
badges he earned during his 82 years as an Eagle Scout. He joined the Boy
Scouts in 1921 and helped develop programs for Southern Tier camps and
reservations. Hyatt died June 9 in Florida at age 101.
"His basic philosophy was to live by the Boy Scout law," said Rita Foran of
Greene, the wife of his grandson, Martin Foran. "He was the quintessential
Funeral services for Mr. Hyatt, an Owego native who died June 9 at his
Florida home, will be held at 4 p.m. today at the Allen Memorial Home,
511-513 East Main St., Endicott.
Mr. Hyatt joined the Scouts in 1921, five years after the organization was
created. He earned 64 merit badges during his 82 years as an Eagle Scout.
"He lived for merit badges," Foran said. "He was good at almost everything
he tried to do."
Mr. Hyatt was considered a World War I veteran because, as a member of ROTC
in high school, he had been activated during the war. The war ended before
he was called into action.
He went on to become valedictorian of his class at Union-Endicott High
School and receive a bachelor's degree in science from Cornell University.
He taught industrial arts at Binghamton Central and Binghamton North high
schools for 36 years.
"He just loved to work with kids and help kids," said Rodney Lucas of
Chenango Bridge, who was one of Mr. Hyatt's students at North High and one
of his Scouts. "That's what he did all of his life, whether it was in school
or with Scouts."
Mr. Hyatt worked with Southern Tier Scouts at the Kiamesha Spaulding camp
and Tuscarora Boy Scout reservation. He helped develop programs and served
as chaplain at the camp's nondenominational church services.
"Without him even trying, he'd draw huge crowds," Lucas said. "They really
enjoyed his stories and his wisdom."
After he retired, Mr. Hyatt spent much of his time gardening at his home in
Bainbridge, Foran said. When he moved to Florida in 2002, Foran said, Mr.
Hyatt found a Boy Scout troop nearby and began attending meetings regularly.
Mr. Hyatt is survived by two daughters, Margaret Bonneville of Melbourne,
Fla., and Marion Foran of Chenango Forks, as well as five grandchildren and
10 great-grandchildren. His wife, Clara, died in 1986.
Mark Tyson, Scout executive for the Baden Powell Council of the Boy Scout
Association in Binghamton, said Mr. Hyatt set a standard for all of his
students, both in school and in the Scouts.
"He taught a lot of kids," Tyson said, "and he taught them how to be men."