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Obituary: Michael R. Westcott

Published in The Hour on October 8, 2014

Michael R. Westcott, President of Design Management Institute (DMI), passed away on October 4, 2014 in Cohasset, Massachusetts after a courageous battle with ALS, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. Despite his declining health, Mike showed amazing grace and dignity to the very end, encouraging his family and friends to always enjoy and appreciate the best that life had to offer. He made everyone feel special and reminded us how special family and friends are and how lucky we’ve been to share so many great times together.

Mike was born on September 17, 1958 in Germany and grew up in Westport, CT. He attended Assumption School, Coleytown Junior High School, Staples High School and Syracuse University. Mike was an accomplished soccer goalie earning varsity letters at Staples High School and Syracuse. While at Staples, Mike played for legendary coach, Albie Loeffler, a 2-time National Coach of the Year.

Influenced by his father Edgar, Mike spent his professional career as a passionate designer and entrepreneur. He was a visionary thinker and a champion of the power of design to drive value, enrich lives, and tackle the most pressing social issues we face today. In his letter to the attendees of the DMI Leadership Conference in Boston September 30th, Mike shared his vision of creating a vibrant design community: “At the core of innovation and entrepreneurship is a desire to build something new and to deliver in the form of a constantly evolving relationship with customers.” Prior to joining DMI, he worked for Relate Solutions, INXPO, Red7media, PatternWorks, The George P. Johnson Company, Firebrand LLC and Fitch.

Mike is survived by his beautiful wife Skye; his two sons Reed and Rennie Westcott; his stepdaughter Mikaela Kirby; his beloved mother Nancy Westcott; his brother Mitch Westcott; sister Wendy Westcott; sister and brother-in-law Annie and Nigel MacPhail; sister and brother-in-law Mary and Chris Tomajan and brother and sister-in-law Bill and Jill Westcott and ten nieces and nephews.

A sunrise service will be held at Compo Beach in Westport, CT on Sunday, October 19th at 6:50am. See more.