Dolores B. Scott, educator

Librarian taught in city schools for three decades and traveled the world with her husband in the couple's airplane

November 29, 2013|By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun

Dolores B. Scott, a retired educator and librarian who taught in Baltimore public schools for three decades and was a world traveler, died Nov. 19 of Alzheimer's disease at Chaparral Winds Hospice in Sun City West, Ariz.

The longtime Randallstown resident was 86.

The daughter of Howard Brown, a hotel headwaiter, and Eva Brown, a homemaker, Dolores Brown was born in Baltimore and raised in the 2300 block of McCulloh St. in the city's Sugar Hill neighborhood.

Mrs. Scott graduated with honors in 1945 from Frederick Douglass High School and was second in her class at what is now Coppin State University, where she earned her bachelor's degree in 1949. She later earned a master's degree in library science from the University of Maryland, College Park.

She began her teaching career in 1949 and spent the last 23 years of her career as librarian at Harlem Park Elementary School. She retired in 1979.

"I was the physical education teacher at Harlem Park and Dolores was the librarian," said Shirley Griffin, a longtime close friend and a resident of Waterbury Heights.

"She was loved by everyone — both the teachers and students. She was always prepared and did a wonderful job," said Ms. Griffin. "We were such good friends and had lots of fun together. She was a very calm, neat person with a great sense of humor."

"She was a mentor to other educators and professionals in her elementary and secondary schools," said a niece, LaVerne Gaither of Randallstown, who recalled weekends she and her late sister, Deborah, spent with "Aunt Dee" when they were young.

"She instilled in us the value of reading, not just for fun, but serious books like historical novels," said Ms. Gaither.

Mrs. Scott wrote an illustrated history of historic St. John's African Methodist Episcopal Church on Bellona Avenue in Ruxton, which had been founded by free blacks in 1833.

Generations of the Scott family from Bare Hills — descendants of its founding pastor, the Rev. Aquila Scott — have, like Mrs. Scott, remained intimately involved in the church through the years. The original church burned in 1876 and was replaced by the present building in 1886.

Because of a declining congregation, the church closed its doors in the 1960s. It was reborn in the 1980s when the Scott family and Ruxton residents were able to restore it to its earlier appearance with the assistance of grants from the Maryland Historical Trust and federal planning funds.

"She was passionate about sharing this history with various organizations, agencies and churches throughout Baltimore and Maryland," her niece said.

In addition to being an inveterate reader, Mrs. Scott was a seamstress "who enjoyed making meticulous suits and other clothing for family members and friends," said Ms. Gaither.

Mrs. Scott was equally accomplished in the kitchen.

"She did soul food cooking and was known for her biscuits and homemade pies and cakes," said Ms. Gaither.

In 1951, she married Calvin "Billy" Scott, a long-distance truck driver who also had a private pilot's license.

The couple — with Mrs. Scott acting as navigator — flew in their one-engine Cessna across the U.S. as well as to the Caribbean.

"She was also adventuresome and visited exotic ports of call in Alaska, Asia, South America and Europe," said Ms. Gaither.

They also visited every state in the nation in their recreational vehicle until she and her husband, who died in 2007, moved in 1994 to Sun City West.

She had attended Douglas Memorial Community Church in Baltimore.

Plans for a memorial service to be held in Arizona next year were incomplete.

In addition to her niece, Mrs. Scott is survived by a sister, E. Frances Lockwood of Roland Park; and many other nieces and nephews.

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