Judith Scott

Judith Scott (Baltimore Sun)

Judith L. "Judi" Scott, a Towson University administrator for three decades and a world traveler and volunteer, died Aug. 7 of a heart attack at Sarasota Memorial Hospital in Sarasota, Fla.

The longtime Perry Hall resident was 65.

Mrs. Scott was vacationing with her family when she was stricken, said a daughter, Jill S. Bush of Perry Hall.

The daughter of a bank vice president and a homemaker, Judith Laws was born in Rockville Center, N.Y., and in the late 1950s, she moved with her family to Miami Lakes, Fla.

After graduating in 1965 from Norland Senior High School in Miami Gardens, she attended Florida State University, where she met her future husband, Ralph C. Scott. The couple married in 1967.

Mrs. Scott earned a bachelor's degree in 1969 in business administration from the University of South Carolina.

She and her husband moved to Perry Hall in 1974 when he joined the faculty of the geography department at what is now Towson University.

In 1979, Mrs. Scott went to work as an administrator in the university's Career Placement Center, and nine years ago joined the department of occupational therapy and occupational science.

"She handled a very complex job, and as an administrator, she was the glue that held everything together," said S. Maggie Reitz, who is chairman of the department. "She had to handle 30 faculty members and 240 students."

Dr. Reitz praised Mrs. Scott's communication skills, unflappability and willingness to connect with people.

"When you have that number of faculty and students, they all have questions and they all need support," said Dr. Reitz. "Judy was excellent at getting people the answers they needed."

Dr. Reitz added: "She was very organized and responsible for the day-to- day operations of the department from handling the emails to answering the phone. She was the one who kept the department functioning and never got rattled."

She described Mrs. Scott as a "gentle, positive soul" who was "very, very friendly and a real people person."

Dr. Scott retired in 2008 and Mrs. Scott a year later.

Since 2006, she and her husband had lived at Sycamore Grove Community in Regent's Glen near York, Pa.

Mrs. Scott had been a volunteer with the American Cancer Society.

A world traveler and an accomplished photographer, Mrs. Scott accompanied her husband on dozens of trips, including to in western North America, Europe and the Caribbean.

"On these trips, she would typically take hundreds of photographs, and upon returning home, rushed to get them developed and placed in photo albums which she shared with family and friends," said Ms. Bush.

"She loved showing her pictures from her trips," said Dr. Reitz. "And she was always encouraging students to travel and experience the benefits of travel."

Mrs. Scott was an avid reader and enjoyed shopping and spending time with family and friends. She also liked to garden.

"She also collected souvenirs from the countries they visited and refrigerator magnets," said Ms. Bush.

A service celebrating Mrs. Scott's life will be held at 4 p.m. Aug. 25 at the Ruck Funeral Home, 1050 York Road, Towson.

In addition to her husband and daughter, Mrs. Scott is survived by a son, Ralph Scott of Canton; another daughter, Kelli Wilkinson of Baldwin; her mother, Edith Laws of Sarasota; and two granddaughters.

fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com