Dr. Gary Scott

Dr. Gary K. Scott

Tuesday, January 3rd, 1933 - Sunday, April 19th, 2020
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Dr. Gary Kuper Scott, age 87 years, of Jefferson City, Mo., passed away peacefully, Sunday, April 19, 2020, at home surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on January 3, 1933, the son of Ralph and Lillian (Kuper) Scott. He was married on June 13, 1958, to Paddy Hanna and to this marriage his three children were born. He was later married to Sheila Larkin on July 21, 1990, in Jefferson City, Mo., who survives at the home.

Dr. Scott graduated from Jefferson City High School in 1951 and then began his college career at Jefferson City Junior College, where in 1953 he received an associate degree. After graduation he enlisted in the United States Navy, where he served as an electronics technician during the Korean War, until he was honorably discharged in 1957.

After his service in the Navy, Dr. Scott went back to school and attended Western Washington State University, graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Math and Social Studies in 1960, and later received his Master’s Degree in Educational Psychology in 1962. Following Western Washington State University, Dr. Scott went on to the University of Minnesota and graduated in 1965 with his Doctorate in Counseling Psychology.

Dr. Scott began his professional tenure in education in 1960, teaching junior high school in Maple Valley, Washington, while attending graduate school. After completing his doctorate, Dr. Scott became the director of guidance and counseling at Minot State University in North Dakota. In 1967, he was offered a full professorship at Lincoln University, serving as the first head of the newly created Department of Psychology. During his tenure at Lincoln, Dr. Scott served as Head of the Department of Education and Psychology, Director of Continuing Education, and Dean of Graduate Studies and Continuing Education. In 1995, Dr. Scott retired from LU with the title Professor Emeritus. In 2003, he received the Professor Emeritus Service Award at the 1st Annual President’s Awards/Recognition Gala.

Dr. Scott, with assistance from his co-workers, accomplished many things while at Lincoln. He developed Lincoln University’s major program in psychology, developed the dual credit program in area high schools, and assisted in the development of the nursing program and other courses at Fort Leonard Wood. He was also instrumental in setting up the L.U. Information Office in downtown Jefferson City, expanding off-campus course offerings, establishing the Liberal Studies program, and the Learning in Retirement program. Dr. Scott also led the way toward the initial accreditation of the graduate education program.

One of Dr. Scott’s major accomplishments was his establishment of the Learning in Retirement (LIR) organization in Jefferson City in 1992. LIR was the first such organization in Missouri, and one of the first in the country. He was on the National Advisory Committee of the Elderhostel Network, which offered week-long classes at colleges and universities. He saw a need for such an organization on a local level. Today 28 years later, there are over 400 members of this vital, active organization.

Community service was important to Dr. Scott. As a youth, he was a member of Boy Scouts of America. While at Minot State University, he served on the advisory board for the Gamma Delta chapter of Sigma Tau Gamma fraternity. After his return to Jefferson City, he served on the Jefferson City Public School District Board of Education and was a founding member, Board President and served on the Board of Directors of the Jefferson City YMCA. He was a member of the Jefferson City Downtown Rotary Club; Jefferson City Chamber of Commerce; American Psychological Association; and the Missouri Psychological Association. Dr. Scott was also a member and past president of the Jefferson City Cantorum and served on the National Committee for Learning in Retirement.

Dr. Scott was a dedicated Christian, who held a deeply passionate and saving faith in Jesus Christ. This trust in his savior guided many of his principles in life. He was an active member at First United Methodist Church, Jefferson City, where he served on the Board of Trustees, sang in the church choir and was a beloved member of the Odyssey Sunday School Class. Gary also volunteered as a big brother through the Big Brothers Big Sisters program of Jefferson City.

Dr. Scott was an avid fitness enthusiast and enjoyed playing golf and tennis. He could always be found at the Jefferson City YMCA, working out or running. He was a gifted vocalist and had an ear for music, singing in many quartets. He and Sheila also loved traveling the world and spending time with family. He had a passion for life and always enjoyed every moment.

Survivors include: his loving wife of 29 years, Sheila Scott of Jefferson City; two daughters, Tina Marie Watson (husband, Peter) of Fuquay-Varina, NC, and Lisa Rene Dawdy (husband, Michael, M.D.) of Overland Park, KS; one son, Corey Kuper Scott (wife, Tisha) of Jefferson City, Mo.; one brother, E. David Scott, M.D. (wife, Virginia) of Bonnots Mill, Mo.; one sister, Rita Penserum (husband, Van) of Bonnots Mill, Mo.; eight grandchildren, Madeleine Watson, Daniel Watson, Elisabeth Hegner (husband, Ben), Joshua Dawdy (wife, Madison), Abigail Dawdy, Harrison Scott, Benjamin Scott and Jacob Scott; two great-granddaughters, Adelee Hegner and Annabelle Dawdy;

He is also survived by five nieces, all of whom held a special place in his heart: Laura Pierce (husband, Eric), Sarah Asberry, Deborah Campbell (husband, John), Dawn Borland (husband, Scott) and Stephanie Scott; numerous great nieces and nephews, as well as great-great nieces and nephews; and his great niece, Katie Brown, who lovingly helped provide care for her dear uncle during the last two years of his life.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one grandson, Matthew Dawdy; an uncle, Homer Kuper; a nephew, James Ralph Asberry; and a great nephew, John McCutchen.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a private funeral service will be conducted in the Freeman Chapel with the Reverend Trevor Dancer officiating. Graveside services and interment with military honors will be held at Cadet Creek Cemetery near Bonnots Mill, Mo.

A webcast of the funeral service will begin at 12:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 28, 2020, for friends to view by going to his memorial page on the funeral home website. Friends may mail sympathy cards to the funeral home or leave condolences online to be given to his family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Learning in Retirement, Inc., P.O. Box 105166, Jefferson City, Mo. 65110.

Funeral arrangements are under the care of Freeman Mortuary, 915 Madison Street, Jefferson City, Mo. 65101.
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    Tuesday, April 28th, 2020 |
    Tuesday, April 28th, 2020
    Freeman Chapel
    915 Madison Street
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Kim Scott

Posted at 03:23pm
Our deepest sympathies for Sheila, Tina, Lisa, Corey and Rita and the rest of the family. 💔🙏🏽 We have known Gary and his kids from birth! Lol He always had a joke to tell and loved to play jokes on my Grandma and Grandpa Scott! He had a good heart and truly was an amazing person. He will be deeply missed! 😢 Tina, Lisa and Corey, I would like to get in contact with you! When it’s convenient, please contact me! 816-510-7113 Sending our love and God’s great comfort to you all! 🙏🏽❤️

Carol s. Hartman

Posted at 09:42pm
Sheila, I send my sympathy to you and the Scott family. I have fond memories of the Scott family when they were my neighbors. Tina and Lisa came to my house to play with my daughters. I babysat for Corey when he was a baby. I worked for Gary in the Psychology Dept after I graduated from Lincoln University in 1976. He was a great boss. With sympathy, Carol Hartman


Posted at 04:42pm
To Sheila and family, our deepest sympathies to you and your family from Lois and me. We are both active Learning in Retirement members and enjoy all our hours spent there, all thanks to Gary’s foresight in founding LIR many years ago. We saw Gary on numerous occasions, always at LIR events and I never got enough of him. I was sorry he wasn’t around to share himself more often. I also knew David Scott as he was our family doctor back in the 70’s. Never knew they were brothers until now. Gary indeed left big footprints in this community and will be missed by all. There will never be another Gary Scott.


Posted at 04:18pm
Our deepest sympathies on the loss of Gary. We knew him for many years and always enjoyed his good sense of humor and sound judgement. He cared a lot for his community and fellow citizens, and contributed much to the lives of those who knew him or were impacted by his active role in the community. My best memory of Gary was when I would run with him in the morning at Lincoln, and how sometimes, in the darkness of early winter mornings, he would zip by me, and if I hadn't seen that he was already there, it would make me jump. I always joked that he was so much faster then me that sometimes I thought maybe I had stopped. He always gave positive encouragement and was great to chat with after the run, when we would sit in Harold McDowell's driveway and sip coffee, and solve the problems of the world. He was a wonderful person, we liked him very much, and he will be missed.

Mary Williams

Posted at 02:52pm
My heartfelt condolences to the family. I met Dr. Gary Scott, when I was a long distance operator. Thought it was Dr. E. David Scott. It was quite funny at the time but both the Dr.'s still talked to me afterwards. He was the backbone of Learning In Retirement and I enjoyed the trips when he was able to come along. Dr. Scott will be greatly missed!
Mary Williams L.I.R. member

dee weyenberg Posted at 12:55pm

Diane Weyenberg My deepest condolences to your family--Dr. Scott was a truly outstanding mentor for me as he was for many students at Lincoln with his easy manner and sincere advice--I was graduated and went on to higher education and always appreciated his guidance and suggestion I stay active both mentally and physically--as learning never stops-May he rest in peace. He did good for many, many people.

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