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Anna Deane Scott

February 17, 1937 - October 24, 2021

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Anna Deane Scott was 84 when she peacefully passed away in Lynchburg, Virginia on Sunday, October 24, 2021.

She was born in the same city on February 17, 1937.  She spent her early youth on Holcomb Rock Road and loved to adventure in nature. Shortly after she arrived at a local boarding school, Saint Margaret’s; mother called to ask her how it was.  Anna replied, “I’m not lonely—I feel like I have 100 sisters.”

Anna attended Randolph-Macon Women’s College for two years and went on to receive an undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree in education from the University of Virginia.  A professor there suggested she become a teacher.  She first taught at NOVA in Gainesville, Florida.

Anna wanted to be near her brother and his young family in Massachusetts. She applied to Boston University, was hired, and became a professor of occupational therapy for the remainder of her career.  She co-authored Occupational Therapy for Physical Dysfunction and specialized in brain rehabilitation. In 1986 she received the Metcalf Award for Excellence in Teaching from Boston University.  One of her students has succinctly described her achievement: “Unlike any other professor I have encountered at the three colleges where I have studied, Professor Scott has not merely challenged us to be good practitioners, she instilled in us confidence in our own ability to be pioneers and innovators, shaping the field and the students who will enter it into the future.” She was dearly loved by her students.  Many became lifelong friends.  A Boston Divinity School professor summed up Anna when he stated she had “largess of heart.”

She had a deep love for dogs. She had at least two long term friends by meeting their dog first, and then getting to know the lovely person associated with it.

She was predeceased by her father, Robert Clark Scott; her mother, Francis Deane Scott; and her brother, Robert Clark Scott Jr.

She leaves her nephew Robert Carter Scott and wife Kirsten Anna Spille-Scott of Wilton, NH and his children Shanti Anna Scott of Durham, NH; Caleb Brion Scott of Stonington, ME; Gabriel Matthew Scott of Wilton, NH and Amber Aurora Casavant of Fitzwilliam, NH and her mother Priscilla Grace Allen of Stonington, ME. She is also survived by her nephew, John Terrell Scott of Saint Johnsbury, VT and by her good friend, Aubrey Lande of Boulder, Colorado.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Saint Margaret’s of Tappahannock VA, P.O. Box 158 Tappahannock, VA 22560 or Boston University at Boston University Gift Processing c/o JPMorgan Chase & Co. P.O. Box 22605 New York, NY 10087-2605.

Tharp Funeral Home, Lynchburg is assisting the family.

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I am sorry this is so belated. I just was thinking of Anna Dean and discovered her obituary. I graduated from BU in 1985 Anna Dean was my advisor. I have countless clear and priceless memories of precious pearls of wisdom she shared in the classroom and individually in advising. Anna Dean had a marvelous gift of always having a simple and pleasant story that had a profound moral to it. She had a way of setting you straight without you even realizing you were crooked! A joy to speak with, laugh with and learn from. An absolute gift of a teacher and mentor. I will always be grateful to have been her studen

Posted by Karen Reinhart on April 30, 2022

I'm so sorry to know that this world is no longer graced with Anna Deane's presence! I was the chaplain at WC for years and thoroughly enjoyed getting to know her. Mischievous, compassionate, smart as a whip, kind, love-in-action - this is how I will remember her. I send my blessings to all her family and friends.

Posted by Kristie Miles on November 3, 2021

Anna Deane was my mom’s best friend for many years at Westminster Canterbury. Nobody could have had a better friend. Anna will be deeply missed by my mom. When we’d visit Mom we’d always make sure to see Anna.

Posted by Pam Langley on October 30, 2021

What a lovely tribute. Being near AD was my 40 year happy place. So many rich stories and experiences, insider jokes that we understood like a second language. Bacon, baby pumpkins, Aunt Harriet, Cousin Sue, and on and on. What a forever friend. .

Posted by Anonymous on October 30, 2021

What a lovely tribute. Being near AD was my 40 year happy place. So many rich stories and experiences, insider jokes that we understood like a second language. Bacon, baby pumpkins, Aunt Harriet, Cousin Sue, and on and on. What a forever friend. .

Posted by Anonymous on October 30, 2021

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