AUSTIN, Texas — UT Law alum Wallace (Wally) H. Scott, Jr., a founding partner of the Austin law firm Scott, Douglass and McConnico and legendary Texas football player, died on Monday, April 25, in Austin. He was 84.
Scott, known affectionately as “the General” to his close friends, died of complications of pneumonia and a blood clot in the brain he developed after a fall about two weeks ago.
Scott was a captain of the 1941-42 University of Texas football team and was a big supporter of UT athletics, having co-founded the Longhorn Club, the predecessor of the Longhorn Foundation. He has been described as a “Longhorn through and through” by legendary UT Coach Darrell Royal, who will serve as an honorary pallbearer at Scott’s funeral service on Friday.
Born on November 7, 1920, on a small farm in Iron City, Alabama, Scott came to Texas during the Great Depression and lived in Laredo and Tyler. Scott became a star football player his senior year in high school and was inducted into the Texas High School Football Hall of Fame in 1998.
Scott received a scholarship to play football at The University of Texas in 1939. Scott and his team were featured on the cover of the Nov. 17, 1941, issue of Life magazine and he was inducted into The University of Texas Hall of Honor in 1977.
After graduating from UT, Scott joined the Navy and served as a lieutenant in the Pacific during World War II. After the war, he graduated from the UT Law in 1948 and was the first attorney hired by the Oil and Gas Division of the Texas Railroad Commission. He later opened his own private law practice and became a successful and respected oil and gas attorney. In 1976, Wally and Frank Douglass founded the Austin law firm of Scott, Douglass and McConnico.
Scott is survived by his wife of 54 years, Cile Scott; his sister Lillian Scott of Colorado Springs; and his children Cathy Scott McElroy, Wally Scott III, Willy Scott and their families.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, April 29, in the Sanctuary at Hyde Park Baptist Church, with Dr. Ralph Smith officiating. Burial will follow at Austin Memorial Park.
The family has asked that memorial contributions may be made to the Wallace H. Scott, Jr., Endowed Scholarship, payable to The University of Texas, and mailed to the Longhorn Foundation, P.O. Box 7399, Austin, Texas, 78713 or to the Wally Scott Endowed Presidential Scholarship in Law, payable to The University of Texas Law School Foundation (Attn: Wally Scott Endowed Presidential Scholarship in Law), 727 E. Dean Keeton St., Austin, Texas, 78705, or to the charity of choice.
Wally Scott remembered in Austin American-Statesman, April 27, 2005:
Wallace H. Scott, Jr., Family-placed obituary, Austin American-Statesman: