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Dorothy Bernice Clark Scott was born on May 28, 1940, in Austin, Texas, to L. D. Clark and Willie Mae Clark (nee Jones). Following the early loss of her mother, Dorothy lived with her sisters, Marjorie and Jewel, and her stepmother, Havannah Clark, in California. Later the family returned home to Austin, Texas, where they were joined by their sister, Bobbie.
Dorothy was educated in Austin ISD public schools. She attended Kealing Junior High and graduated from the original L. C. Anderson High School in East Austin in 1959. Dorothy continued her higher education at Huston-Tillotson College (later Huston-Tillotson University) where she graduated cum laude with a major in chemistry. Later she received her teacher certification from The University of Texas at Austin.
After teaching science for many years in Midland, Texas, at San Jacinto Junior High and Austin Freshman School, Dorothy returned to college at West Texas State University in Canyon, Texas, to earn a Master of Education degree and become a secondary school counselor. Her passion for science and continued education led her to study geology at Sul Ross University in Alpine, Texas, on summer breaks from teaching earth science. During field trips to Big Bend National Park, she studied its impressive geological diversity and collected rocks, sand, geodes, arrowheads, and other specimens to share with family and students. Dorothy’s strong work ethic and dedication to excellence was forged from working to pay for her college tuition and expenses while being employed at positions at Holy Cross Hospital and the United States Postal Service prior to her teaching and counseling careers.
Dorothy was especially committed to her family, church, and community. After Dorothy graduated from college, she and Melvin Scott married in May of 1963, having dated since becoming high school sweethearts in 1959. To this union three children were born, Carole, Douglas (Melvin Scott, Jr.), and Philip. The Scotts have a total of seven grandchildren and are very proud of the many accomplishments of their children and grandchildren.
On the day following their wedding, Dorothy joined Olivet Baptist Church and was baptized under the leadership of Pastor J.M. McChristian. After moving to Midland, Texas, the Scott family joined Macedonia Baptist Church under the leadership of Pastor O. J. Archie where Dorothy regularly attended Sunday School and church. On their retirement in 2002, Dorothy and Melvin returned to Austin and rejoined Olivet Baptist Church where Dorothy enjoyed working with the Helping Hands ministry and her missionary society. She also regularly attended Olivet’s prayer meetings until her recent illness. Attending Bible Study Fellowship classes at First Baptist Church in Round Rock, Texas, provided Dorothy with an additional source of further instruction in her faith.
Dorothy was a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, past president of the Negro Business and Professional Women’s Club of Midland, Texas, and treasurer of Top Ladies of Distinction of Austin. During her time with the Negro Business and Professional Women’s Club, Dorothy spearheaded efforts to bring well-known speakers to the area, including Julian Bond, politician, social activist, and leader of the civil rights movement; and Benjamin Hooks, executive director of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People among others. When the Midland Reporter Telegram printed inaccurate information on Hooks’ presentation, Dorothy was at the forefront of challenging the inaccuracies on civil rights.
In addition to these activities, Dorothy and her husband loved to travel. She particularly loved trips to Europe, Alaska, Hawaii, Mexico, and cities throughout the United States. Some of her favorite places to visit were London, Rome, New York City, Boston, Chicago, and Seattle. As a couple, Dorothy and Melvin enjoyed their trip with Anderson classmates and attending Anderson High class reunions.
After a lengthy illness, Dorothy died July 18, 2022. She was preceded in death by her father, L.D. Clark; mother, Willie Mae Clark; stepmother, Havannah Clark; sisters, Bobbie Jean Washington and Marjorie Ray Pleasant Blaine; nieces, Vicky King Lowe and JoAnn Pleasant Simms; and nephew, Marvin Pleasant.
She leaves a loving family to celebrate her life and accomplishments that includes her devoted husband of 59 years, Melvin; children, Carole (Christopher) Morgan, Douglas (Melissa) Scott, Jr., and Philip (Cassandra) Scott; seven grandchildren, Bryan Christopher Morgan, Erin Marie Morgan, Hillary Alexandria Sinclair Scott, Zachary Bryant Scott, Mallary Alyssa Lois Scott, Austin Douglas Scott, and Alexandra Jolie Scott; sister, Jewell Davidson; sister-in-law, Yvette Gale Scott; niece, Jacqueline Pleasant; and many other nieces and nephews and family who knew and loved their Aunt Dorothy.
Dorothy fought and survived three bouts with cancer. Remaining friends and Anderson High School Alumni, please consider supporting organizations that help to research and prevent breast cancer and congestive heart disease and that provide much-needed support for those afflicted. What an exceptional and courageous fight by a God-gifted woman! We will miss you. Rest now. You are due.