Randall Lee Scott, whose academic career at the University of New Orleans spanned more than three decades, died Aug. 10, 2021. He was 69.
Scott taught in the College of Liberal Arts, Education and Human Development and was a former department chair for special education and habilitative services during his 31 years at UNO. He retired in 2012.
Scott, according to his friends and family, had an engaging personality, was a strong advocate for students, an enthusiastic conversationalist, a willing dinner partner, possessed a keen interest in film, television and theatre and served as a reliable “go to” source on any topic related to British royalty.
Prior to his appointment at UNO, Scott was the director of services at the Lighthouse for the Blind in New Orleans. Through his efforts, the Lighthouse hosted an exhibit on the life of Helen Keller in collaboration with the American Foundation for the Blind.
Before moving to New Orleans, he was a faculty member at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg and worked at several rehabilitation facilities in Florida and Mississippi.
Scott earned graduate degrees from Peabody College for Teachers at Vanderbilt University and Auburn University.
He is survived by his sister Kathryn Ann Woods of Petal, Mississippi, several nieces and nephews and a large number of close friends.
Scott will be buried in McPherson, Kansas. A memorial service will be announced at a future date pending status of COVID-19 restrictions.
Those who wish to honor his memory with a gift are encouraged to consider a donation to the Lighthouse for the Blind, 123 State St., New Orleans, Louisiana 70118.