The University Archives and Special Collections mourns with the family of Mrs. Mary Maloy Scott and wishes to express sincere condolence. Mrs. Scott will always be appreciated for the stalwart support she gave to the archives department and her mentorship to Delaware State University students.
When the University Archives was yet a fledgling department in 2015, Mrs. Scott was the second-ever alumni to donate personal artifacts and photographs to the archival collections. Her actions were a testament of her faith in the future of the department and the work of myself, a first-time professional archivist. When the archives held a grand opening ceremony a year later, my greatest joy was not in public recognition, but in proving to Mrs. Scott that her faith was not misplaced.
Mrs. Scott will always be remembered for her dedication to the education of others. Early in my acquaintance with her, she asked me to help her identify ways in which she could build personal relationships with university students. It pleased her to contribute financially to the university, but she also wanted to impart her extensive wisdom and life-lessons into the lives of young people.
Please know that Mrs. Scott will continue to do exactly this through the presence of her personal records within the archives. The Mary Maloy Scott collection will forever be available to student researchers. I have no doubt that they will see a life well lived and be encouraged, because this is what I see every day. To Mary’s family and friends, know that it will always be my privilege to be the steward of her most treasured artifacts, and I will welcome you into the archives anytime you too wish to view her scrapbooks and treasure her memory.