Margaret Irene Scott,
of North Kingstown, RI, died Tuesday, October 11, at South County Hospital in Wakefield, RI. She was 89. Born August 2, 1922, in Providence, RI, Ms. Scott was the daughter of Robert F., Sr. and Esther (McCormick) Scott.
Ms. Scott graduated from St. Joseph Parochial School of Fairhaven, MA in 1936, from the William A. Briggs Junior High School in 1937, and from Cranston High School in 1940. She received a B.S. in Home Economics Teacher Education with Senior Year Honors from University of Rhode Island in 1944 and a Masters of Education in Guidance and Counseling from Rhode Island College in 1967.
From 1944 to 1953, Ms. Scott was a Teacher of Home Economics, grades 7-12, for the School Department of the town of Barrington, RI, where she became Department Head for Home Economics and supervised interning student teachers from URI. In 1953, Ms. Scott began a 29-year career at the University of Rhode Island, serving as Admissions Counselor and Assistant to the Dean of Students until 1961, when she was appointed Assistant Dean of Students. Beginning in 1973, she coordinated student leaders in the University's Freshman Orientation Workshop Program, eventually assuming the title of Assistant Dean for Student Development. She retired in 1982. The Providence Evening Bulletin reported in 1957 that she was the only woman admissions officer at the university.
Ms. Scott was active in numerous professional organizations, including serving as President of both the Guidance and Personnel Association of RI and the RI Association of Women Deans and Counselors. She was also a member of the American Personnel and Guidance Association, American College Personnel Association, National Association of Women Deans and Counselors, American Association of University Women, Rhode Island Teachers' Institute, Alumni Association of the University of Rhode Island, and Business and Professional Women's Club. Ms. Scott never wavered in her deep spiritual beliefs and religious commitment. Her social and recreational interests were diverse, from personal enjoyments such as reading, listening to popular music and doing puzzles, to happily shared enthusiasms including a lifelong fascination with the latest new gadgets, and a love of sports, particularly the Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots.
Ms. Scott was predeceased by her brothers, Robert F., Jr. and Donald R. Scott, and her sister Barbara J. Kuhn. She is survived by her niece, Kathi (Scott) Harrington of Chepachet, RI, nephews Donald Daigle of Nova Scotia, Canada, Joseph Scott of Pacifica, Calif., Paul Scott of San Diego, Calif., Robert Kuhn of Pelham, NY, Thomas Kuhn of New York, NY, Brian Kuhn of Santa Monica, Calif., J. Neil Kuhn of Pearl River, NY and John Kuhn of Dayton, NJ, and by grand-nephew Alex Kuhn, and grand-nieces Hillary and Stephanie Daigle and Julie and Amy Kuhn, as well as by a loving extended family, loyal friends, and dozens of student leaders, whose thanks for her support while allowing them to find their own paths to personal growth appear in numerous correspondences.
A Funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 22, at St. Francis de Sales Church, 381 School Street, N. Kingstown, RI. Burial will be at St. Francis Cemetery, 163 Smithfield Avenue, Pawtucket, RI. Visitation hours will be from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 21, at Cranston-Murphy Funeral Home, 140 West Main Street, N. Kingstown (Wickford Village), RI.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: University of Rhode Island Foundation, 79 Upper College Road, Kingston, RI 02881 (http://www.urifoundation.org/WaystoGive/MemorialGifts/tabid/183/Default.aspx) or Catholic Charities, P.O. Box 17066, Baltimore, MD 21297-1066 (http://www.catholiccharitiesusa.org/page.aspx?pid=200).
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