In Memorium: Entrepreneurs Who Died in 2009

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Alan Scott, Founder of OvenCrafters

After graduating from agricultural college in his native Australia, Scott went to work at a fertilizer company and hated it so much he decided he never wanted to work for somebody else again. He hitchhiked across multiple continents opening a jewelry store in Denmark before moving to California in the mid-60s. There he used his knowledge of thermodynamics to start a business building brick ovens for homeowners at between $5,000 and $10,000 not counting materials costs. He went on to co-author a book promoting the use of brick ovens for cooking breads and pizza and a small, but loyal, community of enthusiasts was influenced by his ideas and innovations surrounding baking.