Name: Nauman Steele SCOTT
Birth: 15 JUN 1916 in New Roads LA; bap St Mary Ch
Death: 19 SEP 2001 in Alexandria LA
Offices 1972 appt. US Fed. District Judge by Pres Nixon (served till aft 1996)- Chief Judge; As Judge, handled difficult integration and busing decisions.
Education: 1938 AB, Amherst Coll
Education: 1941 LLB/Tulane (BA, 1938, Amherst Coll))
Military Service: BET 1942 AND 1945 WWII (1st Lt, Air Corps, JAG Office)
Occupation: BET 1946 AND 1970 attorney, Provosty, Sadler & Scott (Alexandria)
Activities/Interests reading/ golf/politics
Honors 1991 Distinguished Alumnus Award, Tulane U Law School
Honors 1985 Hall of Fame, Lake Forest Prep School, ILL
Organizations Jr Chamber (officer), La Bar Assn, ABA, Kiwanis, Chamber of Commerce, La Assn of Mental Health, Am Red Cross, United Givers; Alex Bar Assn (Pres); Ran twice for St Rep (Republican), defeated; also School Board.
Organizations LA Assn for Mental Health (Dir), Alex Bar Assn (Pres), Pres Tulane Alumni of Alex, Pres/Sec of Alex CC,
Residence: Alexandria entire life
Burial: Metairie Cem, New Orleans LA
ADR1: 2518 Jackson St
PHON: 318-442-7765/ ofc 473-7420
Medical Information: severe back problems (1950's); arthritis (knees and hips replaced).
_HEIG: 6 ft. 1 in.
_WEIG: 190 lb. 0 oz.
[Editorial, Alexandria Town Talk 21 Sep 2001]
Nauman Scott was trailblazer for rule of law
U.S. District Judge Nauman Scott was an unassuming man, in fact quite a shy man.But as a federal judge he blazed a trail into Rapides Parish history with courageous rulings to desegregate the public school system. He withstood barrage upon barrage of verbal assault and attempts of intimidation for his rulings which time after time, as appellate courts found, were correct. His following of the laws of this land were admired by those who knew him intimately. Contrary to popular belief, the judge was extremely conservative and in private supported even those elected conservatives who publicly denounced him.
Scott had been in poor health recently, but on occasion he would still venture out to various gatherings, and his wry sense of humor was as robust as it had been in his younger, more socially trying days.
While his detractors still remain and are still quite vocal, his legacy will be a positive one. The desegregation of Rapides Parish public schools, even though with glitches here and there over the years, was peaceful.
He was among many southern federal judges who bucked their own communities' prevailing sentiments and did the right things for all of those communities' citizens.Sometimes overlooked because of the attention his desegregation decisions received were other notable cases he heard, including one-man, one-vote reapportionment and a landmark wetlands ruling.
In his own way, the judge was a leader before his time, and for that progressive citizens of Rapides Parish, central Louisiana and the entire state should be thankful.
And those of us who knew him will miss that twinkling of an eye and the wry observation that was sure to follow. He surely will be missed.
"Fricassee (Bernard Curet]", Pointe CoupÚe Banner, Sep 2001
Nauman Steele Scott, Jr, a U.S. District Judge for the Western District of La. from 1970 to 1984, a lifelong resident of Alexandria, died at Christus St. Francis Cabrinii Hospital in Alexandria, Wed., Sept. 19. He had engaged in the practice of law in Alexandria for 25 years.
A member of a noted family, he was a grandson of one of Pointe Coupee's best known figures -- the late District Attorney, State, Senator Albin Provosty 1965-1932 who over a century ago for several years, owned and operated the now 121 year old Pointe Coupee Banner, resided in the classic old Provosty home in New Roads with his wife the former Adele LeDoux (1870-1967) and family. Judge Nauman S. Scott Jr, Was a son of Sidonie Provosty Scott (1891-1973) and Nauman Steele Scott (1888-1926). He was a grandnephew of the late La. Supreme Court Chief Justice Olivier O. Provosty.
A 1934 graduate of Lake Forest Academy, Chicago, '38 graduate of Amherst College, Mass., he graduated from Tulane with his law degree in 1941. A month after Pearl Harbor, he married the former Blanche Hammond in New Orleans, enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving overseas. In December, 1945 he became a member of the Provosty, Sadler and Scott law firm.
He served as president of the Alexandria Bar Association from 1965-66, on the La. Law Institute from 1961-70, the La. Mineral Law Inst. and the Bar Assoc. Committee for Drafting the New La. Constitution, and on the La. Organization for Judicial Excellence. His honors included being named to the Lake Forest Academy Hall of Fame, receiving the Amherst College Distinguished Alumni Award, the Tulane Law School Distinguished Jurist Award, the Causidicus Award of the Alexandria Bar Assoc. and the Distinguished Jurist Award of the Louisiana Bar Foundation.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Blanche Hammond Scott and a brother, Albin Provosty Scott. He is survived by three sons, Nauman S. Scott, III, New Orleans, John W. "Jock" Scott II, Alexandria, and Arthur Hammond Scott Now Orleans, by a daughter, Ashley Rankin, Dallas, three sisters, Sidonie Scott Thomas, Alexandria, M'Adele Scott Read, Covington and Natalie Scott, Persons, Mobile, Ala., and six grandchildren, Natalie Scott, Stafford Scott, Ashton E. Smith, John W. Scott III, Nauman Steele Scott IV and [Elizabeth H Scott.]
Visitation was at the John Kramer & Son Funeral Home in Alexandria, Thursday afternoon and Friday morning, Sept. 21, with a Mass of Christian Burial at Our Lady of Prompt Succor Catholic Church in Alexandria at 11 a.m. Friday, with the Rev. Pike Thomas and Deacon Charles F Read Jr. officiating. Interment was in the Metairie Cemetery, New Orleans, at I p.m. Sun., Sept. 23.
Pallbearers were John W. Scott, 111, Nauman S. Scott IV, Ashton Emmett Smith, Clarence Baldwin Read, Albin A. Provosty, Albin "Boss" Provosty Scott, Pierce Aldridge Hammond and John Thomas McDaniel Jr. Memorials may be sent to Christus St. Francis Cabrini Hospital, 3330 Masonic Dr., Alexandria, LA 71301.
JUDGE NAUMAN STEELE SCOTT, JR
[Eulogy penned by John W Scott and placed in the Order of Service booklet for his funeral at Our Lady of prompt Succor Church, Alexandria]
To his grandmother he had been "my precious lad", an affectionate expression well remembered for kidding as the boy grew into manhood. Yet a lifetime later, now surrounded by his grandchildren, sisters, family, friends, and admirers, the euphemism remains appropriate.
Judge Nauman Steele Scott, Jr. "Popsy" to many, appeared in this world on June 15, 1916 in New Roads, Louisiana. His parents, Sidonie and Nauman, Sr., newlyweds less than two years, had built a cottage home on Barrister Street in Alexandria, the father a young lawyer of considerable promise. In quick succession, four more children were bom into this family, a noisy household, a rural setting in those days. Young Nauman had his own pony, Tony, the source of happy adventures with friends, all riding the neighborhood trails on horseback.
Tragically, Nauman Sr. died on the eve of his son's tenth birthday. Dealing with this loss, his mother took the family to Europe and later on long distance auto trips during the summers of his youth, young Nauman leaming obedience and parental respect from his mother. Yet a colorful array of Provosty uncles served jointly as his surrogate father. When he began having too good a time as a teenager, his mother intervened, enrolling him into Chicago's Lake Forest Academy for his final two high school years, facing a tough academic regimen, also working in the school cafeteria. Fifty years later, Pa would return to be honored as a member of the school's Hall of Fame.
He matriculated in 1934 to Amherst College in Massachusetts, where every student was expected to participate in at least one sport, a problem due to his knee injuries from high school football. After lasting one day on the boxing team, Pa took his bad knees to the swim team where he made his mark as a top backstroker. More than a generation later, Popsy appeared as the featured speaker for his Amherst 50 year reunion, subsequently awarded the Amherst College Distinguished Alumni Award. He graduated in 1938, celebrating the occasion with his sister Be' by sailing abroad for a summer in Europe, their trip a gift from their Aunt Natalie.
Returning to Louisiana for law school at Tulane, Pa fell in love with Blanche Hammond, having known her since childhood as their families were old friends. They were married on January, 1942, a month after Pearl Harbor, the young groom soon finding a place in the Army despite his damaged knees, his military assignments taking him briefly into the Pacific, then London and Paris. Two children, Ashley and Nauman, 111, were bom during the war years. Discharged at the war's end, Nauman returned with his growing family to Alexandria, joining the firm of Provosty, Sadler and Scott. Two more children were bom by 1950. In 1947, young Nell Smith began working in the family home, a half century later, Nauman would gratefully offer a beautiful, loving eulogy for Nell at her funeral.
Through the 50's and 60's, Pa plugged away at the law office, gradually earning respect and recognition within his profession. In 1970, President Nixon appointed him to the Federal bench. His mother, Mom, wept in pride at his
swearing in ceremony, then hosting a reception for him on Barrister Street. It was a special family day, Blanche never more beautiful, Hammond filming the occasion on his movie camera, the multitude of guests, friends and loved ones all sharing the occasion. It was a very happy and important moment in Popsy's life.
Judge Nauman Scott became a U.S. District Judge for the Western District of Louisiana on October 15, 1970. He served as chief Judge from 1976 to 1984, then taking senior judge status but maintaining through most of the 1990's an unusually heavy workload. His judicial work was without exception conscientious, dignified, above prejudice, characterized by high purpose with a quiet, compelling commitment to justice. His cases were often controversial with intense public scrutiny. He handled them well, displaying a great love and deep devotion to the well-being of the community, a sense of duty to uphold the law.
Nauman suffered the most difficult period of his life when Blanche suddenly died in 1985 after a three month illness. The doctor told him he was lucky during this illness to have his grown children to help him through the ordeal. But, in truth, it was the other way around as Nauman was the steady, caring, encouraging, and guiding influence for his shocked family and, most importantly, for Blanche. Their love was strongest when it meant the most.
The years since have been fulfilling, his six grandchildren, Ashton, Stafford, Steele, Natalie, John and Elizabeth, all now in adulthood, each having shared a close relationship with him, true joys of his life. Judge Scott, or Popsy, possessed an authentic, uninhibited zest for life, perhaps the most outrageous example being his trademark dancestep, the "Federal Stomp." By the 1980's, "El Magnifico" became his humorous nickname. His eternally youthful outlook was revealed on one occasion in a passing remark. "It was a mistake for me to be born in 1916," he said. "Now is my time. This is the time for me to live." He was reaching 80 at the time, taking courses to improve himself, still cheering on the Saints by embarking on those hazardous Sunday morning journeys to New Orleans.
Through his 85 years, Nauman Steele Scott, Jr., was a loving son, a devoted brother, father, grandfather and friend. We thank God for the gift of his life. He was indeed our "precious lad."
Nauman S Scott Candidate for Rapides Representative
(Town Talk, 15 Sep 1955) p25
Nauman S. Scott,- Alexandria attorney, today announced his can-
didacy for state representative from Rapides parish. He is' the first Rapidian to announce for the representative's post. His statement:
"I am a candidate for State Representative from Rapides parish because I have a deep and sincere concern in all of the affairs and interests of this parish. I take pride in its history and achievements as well as faith in its future development and growth. Whatever measure of success I might have achieved in the past, material or otherwise, has been achieved here in this parish.
"Mv hope of success in the future, "and likewise that of my family, must be achieved among and with the people of Rapides parish. I am qualified by education, training and experience to give you honest, understanding, competent" ; and effective representation in the next legislature. Because of this, and hecause of my intense desire to devote my energies to the development of our parish and the welfare of its people, I now publicly announce mv candidacy for the office.
I am 39 years old, the eldest of five childreof Nauman S. Scott and Sidonie Provosty Scott, naČtive Louisianians, who established their residence in Alexandria in 1914. From this time until the date of his death in 1926, with the exception of the period of his s-ervČice in World War . my father was engaged in the active practice of law in Alexandria. He was associated with Judge James Andrews, Louis J. Hakenyos and John R. Hunter Sr ., all of whom are remembered with reverence and respect by those who knew them.
*Chose Legal Profession .
"With his example before me.it was natural that I should also choose a legal career. My elementary education was in the schools of Rapides parish, after which I was graduated from Tulane Universitv Law School in 1941. I volunteerd as a private in the United States Army Air Forces Sept. 1, 1942, and was promoted through the non-commissioned ranks to warrant officer, junior grade. After attending Officers Training School, I was commissioned a second lieutenant and served in the European Theatre. At the time of Army separation from the service in Decemer, 1945, I had attained the rank of first lieutenant.
"Upon my return to Alexandria, I resumed the practice of law and am now a partner in the firm of !Provostv. Sadler & Scott. In January. 1942. I was married to Miss Blanche Hammond of New Orleans, Louisiana, and we are now the parents of four children. "I profess the Roman Catholic faith and am a member of Our Lady of Prompt Succor Parish in Alexandria. I have been an active member of the Junior Chamber of Commerce, the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce, and a Charter member of the Young Men's Business Club in Alexandria. I have been a member of the Kiwanis.Club ofAlexandria since 1947, I have taken part in all of its activities to raise funds for Kiwanis Camp and was principally responsible for the establishment of the Key Club.Menard Memorial High School.
My services have been volunteered in nearly all recognized civic drives and particularly, in the Initlial drive of the United Fund in ,Rapides parish in 1954. "I would be less than honest if I did .not state to you clearly and uneqivocably my position on the basic issues of the coming campaign. Any effort on my part to sidestep the responsibility of stating my views would be a compromise with principles. On such issues as these I cannot be evasive; I refuse to compromise.
. "Our white and colored people have lived in peace and harmonv for a great number of years under the policy of segregation as it now exists in this parish. Great strides have been made and shall continue to be made to improve the educational and recreational facilities as well as the economic well-being of our colored population. These things I have supported and I will continue to support them.
"Some persons 'posing as friends' of our colored people have proposed the immediate abolition of our traditional policy of segregation. It is my opinion that this proposal is against the best in terests of our parish. It would generate immediate and justifible resentment and would invite
unnecessary disturbance. For this I shall support the policy of
segregatlon and will do all in my power to uphold it.
RIGHT TO WORK
You are also entitled to my views on the Right-to-Work law. I
took no part, directly or indirectly, in the controversy preceding the passage of the Right-to-Work bill in the last Legislature. Its passage was most vigorously and most forcefully contested. I have always regarded myself as a "friend of the working man," whether he be union or non-union. an equal opportunity to secure a job and earn a living, I shall support this law.
I shall exert every effort toward securing for Rapides parish every material advantalge and improvement: to secure for each individ ual constituent in this parish everv benefit to which he 1s entitled under the law: to protect the security of out faithful public servants thruough support of civil service and through support of retirement programs which they have labored to achieve.
"Although never before a candidate for public office, I have been actively engaged jn many political campaigns. In these instances I supported the cause which I believed to be right. I have never vacillated nor winked at principle, and have in no instance received or asked for political appointments, favors, or patronage. I shall represent no special faction in Rapides parish, political, economic, or otherwise.As your representative, I shall endeavor to the best of my ability to serve each of you fully and impartially. I am in this race to win. and to that end shall conduct a vigorous Campaign and insofar as I am able shall in the next few months before the election attempt to contact and converse with each and everv resident of Rapides parish. My actions as your representative will be guided solely by your welfare and my own good conscience,. I humbly solicit your support.
Nauman Scott Announces Candidacy for House Member from Rapides
(clipping undated; memory suggests about 1962; he ran as an early Republican, losT)
Nauman S. Scott, an Alexandria attorney, today entered the race for state representative from Rapides parish. Rapides voters are to elect three representatives. Scott formally announced his candidacy with this statement: "I am a candidate for state representative from Rapides
parish. Since I have been reared and educated in this parish; since I have and will make my home, my closest friendships and my career in this parish; since my children are being reared and educated and may spend their entire lives in this parish, I have intense devotion to its welfare and development. I know the needs and problems of this
community and its citizens.
"The manner in which these needs and problems are to be met, is largely dependent upon our representatives. in the next legislature. I am equipped by education, training, and experience to render Rapldes parish honest, understandmg, competent and effective representation.
"After completing my legal eduation at Tulane Unviersity in 1941, and after serving inn the armed forces of the United States and in the European theatre for approximately three and one-half years, I resumed my practice of law in Alexandria in December, 1945. I have continued to practice without interruption and am now a partner in the firm of Provosty, McSween, Sadler and Scott,
"My interest in the civic and cultural life of this community is made evident by my membership and my activities in the Junior Chamber of Commerce. the Kiivanis Club, the Chamber of Commerce, and my particIpation in many civic drives. I have been especially active in the American Red Cross. serving as chairman of the Rapides parish chapter during the past year. I am presently serving on the board of directors of the Louisiana Assn. for Mental Health.
"Although I have never held public office, my sincere interest in the progress and development of my parish and state has led to my active participation in politica! affairs and many political campaigns.
"In these instances I have simply supported the cause which I believed to be right. When my efforts were successful, I have not once asked for nor received political appointments, favors or patronage. I am capable of rendering this parish honest and effective representation. and if elected, shall represent no special faction, but shall exert every effort to secure for Rapides parish every materia! adyantage and improvement. and for each individual constituent. every benefit to which he is entitled under the law.
"My actions will be guided solely by your we!fare and my own good conscience. I am in this race to win. and to that end. shall conduct a vigorous campaign. In publiclicly announcing mv candidacy for office I most humbly solicit your support.
Scott Issues A Formal Statement On His Candidacy for School Board
(13 Oct 1966, Town Talk)
Nauman S. Scott, an Alexandria attorney, today issued his formal statement on his Rl1pubČlican candidacy for the Rapides Parish School Board election for a Ward 1 post. The general election will be conducted on Nov. 8.
"It is the function and purpose of the Rapides Parish School Board to expend public funds and to initiate and mainČtain policies to make available to each child in Rapides Parish a superior course of instruction which will enable him to beČcome a useful, resourceful and respected citizen. The millions of dollars voted and collected as school taxes are evidence of the public's faith and interest in this project.
"Our society is rapidly becoming more complex. Population, growth and urbanization have multiplied the need and impoČtance of social responsibility on the part of each individual citizen. Job opportunities and competition demand training and education previously undreamed of. This is a continuing trend. If Rapides Parish, as a community, is to survive and prosper in this competitive atmosphere, every child regardless of social and economic background, must be trained to meet this challenge.
"Good schools and excellent teachers are a tradition in Rapides Parish but standards of excellence are not static. For this reason, an ideal School Board member should have the idealism, dedication ,and enthusiasm of youth. He should also have the experience, maturity and : judgment of age so that he can distinguish progress fom mere change.
"I believe that I have the required qualifications. I am 50 vears old and have lived in Alexandria my entire life. I attended old West End Grammar School and Bolton High School. I was graduated from Amherst College and from Tulane UniČversity Law School and have practiced law in Alexandria since 1942, except for 3 1/2 years in the Armed Forces during World War II. I entered the Armed Services ,as a buck private in Biloxi, Mississippi, and ended my service as a first lieutenant in the European Theatre.
"I am married to the former Blanche Hammond of New Orleans and we have four children. My daughter, Ashley and sons. Nauman Jr. and Jock are products of the public school system of Rapides Parish and are gradualtes of Bolton High School. Hammond, my youngest son, is now a junior at Bolton High School.
"I am a member of the Congregation of Our Lady of Prompt Succor Catholic Church. I have been active in church affairs and am currently a member of and vice-president of the Serra Club of Alexandria.
'I have been active in and held offices in the Alexandria Junior Chamber of Commerce, the Alexandria Kiwanis Club, the Chamber of Commerce, the Louisiana Association for Mentail Health, the Red Cross and the United Givers. I was chairman of the Red Cross in 1990 and Campaign Chairman of the United Givers in 1991.
"I am a member of the Louisiana Law Institute, the Arnerican Judicature Society, the Alexandria Louisiana and Amercan Bar Associations. I served as president of the Alexandria Bar Association in 1965 and have represented the Louisiana Bar. Association on the Judicial Council of the Louisiana Supreme Court since 1961.
"I feel that I am well qualfied by interest, training and experience to serve as a member of the Rapides Parish School Board, and based on these qualifications, I humbly solicit your vote.
New Judge Had Never Thought of the Bench
By Elizabeth Roberts (Town Talk State Editor)
25 Oct 1970, Town Talk (picture- q.v.)
"I had never thought 'judge', period."
Nauman S. Scott, who Saturday ended his first week as the newest federal court judge in the Western District of Louisiana, said prior to his appointment he had never considered being judge. The former Alexandria attorney explained that he had never thought about running for judge and it was only when the news of the creation of the federal judgeship became known that he considered the possibility of an appointment.
Federal district judges are appointed by the President with the consent of the Senate, state district judges are elected by popular vote.
"I wanted the judgeship for many reasons," he said, after carefully considering the question. "l think that many lawyers - not all - consider the judgeship as being the highest calling in the profession. It is where the ultimate legal job is accomplished," he said.
Family Is Grateful
The judge said his family reacted as expected. "They knew that I was interested in the position and they were gratified that I was able to get it," he said. The appointment meant a good deal to his two sons who are students at Louis i a n a State University's School of Law, the judge sa'id, "Thev were very interested in it & knew it was something I was very interested in," he added,
Judge Scott began his law practice here on New Year's Day in 1946 with LeDoux R. Provosty Sr. and the following year the firm of Provostv, Sadler and Scott was formed. Since that time two attorneys have been added. The new judge said that he doubted if he would have time to miss his private practice. "I was very happy with my practice and my partners, but there are many aspects of this job that my previous practice did not afford," he explained.
'On the Other Side'
"The work here," he added, "is completely different. I'm working on the other side of the bench!"
Even though the judge is without a completely furnished office, his schedule is keeping him busy, especially in getting things organized.
He is not only getting his desk and office routine organČized, but his thoughts as well. "I have to rearrange my thought process to do a job that is so much different from the one I've been doing," he explained.
He expressed hope that I when he is an experienced judge the burden will not be nearly so heavy.
The judge will be responsible for cases which are heard in the Alexandria division of the Western District and those heard in Opelousas. He said, however, that he might be called in to help out in the district's other divisions to alleviate a heavy work load. Judge Scott will not hear every case that comes up in district court here however. If he .believes ,his personal experience will prejudice a case, he will recuse himself and another judge will be called in to handle the hearing, he said.
Commenting on only one current event, the judge said that the legal profession, long male-dominated field, was a good livelihood for a woman. Asked to comment on women's liberation, the judge quipped, "do you want me to make a lot of enemies?"
Has Woman on Staff
He added, however, that his law clerk is a woman, and an Alexandria native at that. Serving as his clerk is Mrs. Clyde Kimball, the former Kittv Ann Dick. She is a June graduate of LSU's School of Law and has been admitted to the bar.
When the judge.does have a break, he enjoys playing golf, hunting, reading and traveling, "but I really don't have time for that."
The judge was born in New Roads but moved to Alexandria where his father practiced law until his death at the age of 37. The judge was educated in Rapides parish and in Lake Forest Academv in Illinois. He received his bachelor of arts degree from Amherst College, Massachusetts, in 1938 and his law degree from Tulane Universjty. While at Tulane he researched and collaborated with Professor Ferdinand F. Stone on an article on freight rate discrimination which appeared in the Tulane Law Review.
He served in the U. S. Air Force as a private, warrant officer and first lieutenant between 1942-945, and he served in the U.S,. Paris, London and the Pacific. He is a member of the American, Louisiana and Alexandria Bar associations and of the Louisiana Law Institute and the Louisiana Mineral Law Institute. In 1965 he serves as president of the Alexandria Association.
He is a member of the. Kiwanis Club, the Red Cross and United Fund Boards, general chairman of the United Fund Drive., is a member of the board of directors of the Louisiana Mental Health Association, the Vocational and Rehabilitaion Center and the Alexnadria-Pineville Chgamber of Commerce.
He and his wife, the former Blanch Hammond, have four children, Ashley, who resides in Dallas, Nauman Jr and Jock, both studnets at LSU's Law School, and Hammond who lives here.
Remarks of John W (Jock) Scott at the Celebration marking 20 years as a Federal Judge
NAUMAN STEELE SCOTT UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE WESTERN DISTRICT OF LOUISIANA
Judge Nauman Steele Scott, Jr., better known as "Popsy" to his children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews and former law clerks, was born back on June 15, 1916 in New Roads, Louisiana. His parents, Sidonie and Nauman, Sr., were newly weds of less than two years, and his father was a young lawyer in Alexandria, fresh out of Tulane. In quick succession, four more children were born into the family, sisters, Be', M'Adele and Natie', and a brother, Bino.
Popsy had a great time on Barrister Street which was a rural setting in those days. He had his own pony, Tony. He and friends like Booffin Dawkins and others rode the neighborhood trails on horseback.
Tragically, Nauman, Sr. died just before Popsy's tenth birthday.
In the wake of this loss, Mom, his mother, took the family to Europe and later, during the summers of his youth, on auto trips to the West, to New Mexico, California and the Mississippi coast.
As the man of the family, Popsy taught himself to drive sitting on several pillows behind the wheel and bouncing down the rough roadways of that era. He learned obedience and parental respect from his mother. On that trip to Europe, Mom purchased a suit of clothing for young Popsy, who was only ten at the time. She thought it would be perfect for him to wear to school like a little gentleman. But it was a "Little Lord Falteroy" type suit, complete with knickers, high socks and lace at his cuffs. When the day came for him to wear it to school, he knew it would not go over too
well with the boys at West End Grammar School in rural Alexandria. But he was a good sport and wore the suit because he didn't want to disappoint his mother. He was right. The boys at West End didn't like his little suit at all. They were taking turns beating him up behind the wall out back, when his friend Jimmy Leggett saved him from further abuse, thereby earning his lasting gratitude.
Popsy had a couple of good years at Bolton High, where he busted up his knees as an undersized football player, before Mom again ntervened. He was having too good of a time, she said, and it was time for him to get serious about school. So he was enrolled at Lake Forest Academy in Chicago for his last two years of high school. Instead of having a big time with the boys back home, he was working in the school cafeteria between classes and study hall. Fifty years later, Pa would return to Lake Forest to be honored as a member of the School's Hall of Fame.
Popsy grew up fast at Lake Forest and, after graduation, he enrolled at Amherst College in Massachusetts. He has wonderful stories of the two-day train trips home for Christmas and for summers, the trains full of traveling college students from allover. Everyone was expected to participate in at least one sport at Amherst College, so, after lasting one day on the boxing team, Popsy took his bad knees to the swimming team. He becaIIle a top backstroker.
He graduated in 1938 and his mother rewarded him and sister Be' with a trip on their own to Europe on a total of $300.00. The oceanliner loaded in New York harbor filled with nothing but college kids headed for the vacation of their lives. By the time the ship passed the Statue of Liberty the celebrating passengers had thrown every chair on deck overboar
That was the beginning of a memorable adventure in Europe for several
Popsy returned to Louisiana for law school at Tulane University. In New Orleans, a blonde bombshell named Blanche Hammond swept him off his feet. The Hammond family were old friends of the Scotts and Nauman and Blanche had known one another as children. But she was four years younger and now Blanche was all grown up ~ One evening, after gathering his nerve, Popsy went to the bedroom of Pa Hammond, who he found already in bed with his false teeth sitting in a glass, of water on the bedside table, and asked- for Blanche's hand in marriage.
Popsy graduated that year from Tulane Law School and he and mother were married on January 7,' 1942 in New 'Orleans. He stood at the alter on crutches (more knee problems) and wearing his new Army uniform.
Pearl Harbor had been bombed the month before, and Popsy had managed to get into the Army. despite his bad knees.
'His first child ,Ashley was born in New Orleans, while he was off on military duty. Later Blanche and Ashley joined him in Northern California for a time. Then he was reassigned to London, then Paris. A secon child, Nauman, was born in New Orleans, near the end of the war.
After the War, Popsy brought his family home to Alexandria and became a member of the firm of Provosty, Sadler, & Scott, which had grown out of the firm his father had joined in 1914. He moved his family into a small green and white house on Madeline Street. There, as Blanche tried to keep up with Ashley, age four, and Nauman, only 2, things got more complicated as the birth of a third child approached. Blanche was in the final throes of labor when she and her mother arrived in a panic at the
old Texada Clinic for the delivery. She arrived just in the nick of time. Later, as Popsy gazed for the first time at his precious new baby boy safe in his crib at the clinic, the proud father had only one comment: "What is it, a chicken or a sparrow?"
Soon the Scott family moved to 1733 Thornton Court in 1950
and the family was made complete when Hammond was born. At home,
the dogs were Bootie and Rusty and .the Thornton Court neighborhood was filled with children with names like Johnny Downs, Rickey Taylor, Reb Blake, Mike Percy, Al and Van provosty and many others. Trips were taken to New Orleans for Mardi Gras and visits with the Hammond relatives. Later, the summer vacations were to Pass Christian each year on the Mississippi Coast.
The fifties were filled with Cub Scout meetings and the P.T.A. at Rugg Grammar School, Ashley's marathon telephone calls, rock and roll music, and new dance steps, and kids all over. It was during the 1950's that Popsy tried his hand at politics. Twice he ran for the legislature, and twice he was nosed out. Later, this time as a Republican, he ran for the School Board but was again unsuccessful .
But things were too busy for politics. He cut a wide hole in the back wall of the dining room to build double doora and a brick patio. He would take the family to yisit Mom almost every evening, whose house on Barrister Street was only a block away. He plugged away at the law office on the sixth floor of the Guaranty Bank building, where he would take the family each year for a bird's eye view of the Christmas Parade on 3rd Street. Popsy even tried to become a fisherman in those days but he got so frustrated with the boat motor he gave it up.
Meanwhile, Blanche was tending the kids. By 1950, Nell had already been working with the family for three years. Tiday she;s rasing the grandchildren and has been an honorary member of the Scott clan for forty-three years.
One of Popsy's family projects was to train the hair of the 3 boys so they wouldn't have short crew cuts. He wanted their hair to be long and parted properly. He would line up all three boys each night and comb their hair until he had it just right. He would take Blanche's old stockings and tie a knot near the top, then put a stocking on each boy's head to hold the hair tight in place all night while they slept. The next morning he would remove the stocking off each boy's head and re-comb the hair before he went off to work.
After eight years on Thornton Court, the .family moved to Jackson Street. Before long Ashley was a teenager, then off to L.S.U. where she studied foreign languages so Popsy could send her all over the world to practice her pronunciation. Meanwhile, Nauman was back in Alexandria with cigarettes rolled in the sleeves of his T-shirt, a new set of .e-moon hubcaps on the family car and muffler cut outs that he could turn off and on with a switch. Jock was entering high school and suffering broken bones and other injuries trying to play football while Hammond was creating puppet shows and circulating his own neighborhood newspaper. Before long, each had made it through high school and was off to college.
In 1970, President Nixon appointed Popsy to the Federal bench. His mother, Mom, was weeping in pride at his swearing in ceremony and she then hosted a reception for him on Barrister Street. Blanche was never more beautiful than she was that day with Popsy. Hammond was taking the movies with his 16 millimeter camera. Nauman and Jock were students in law school at LSU and Ashley was there with an enormous corsage, a memorable hat with a stylish feather that curved from the hat around her face. It was a very happy and important moment in Popsy's life.
Judge Nauman Scott was appointed U.S. District Judge for the Western District of Louisiana on October 15, 1970. He served as Chief Judge from February 19, 1976 to January 1, 1984. He took senior judge status on December 4, 1984 but continues today to handle a full docket that would be a heavy workload for anyone. His work on the bench has been dignified, intelligent, above prejudice, conscientious, with high purpose and with a quiet commitment to provide justice to all who come before him. He has had many difficult cases before him and he has handled them exceedingly well. We honor him tonight for those 20 outstanding years as U. S. District Judge.
These past 20 years have been marked by accomplishment and difficulties, both professionally and personally. Most importantly, Popsy is now blessed with six grandchildren, Ashton, Stafford, Steele, Natalie, John and Elizabeth, all teenagers, and each having a close relationship with him. He is surrounded by family and in-laws who love him and admire him.
Judge Scott, or Popsy, has a zest for life that is both admirable and humorous. He recently said in a conversation that he was born at the wrong time. " It was a mistake for me to be born in 1916", he said. "Now is my time. This is the time for me to live." He was at Harvard last June taking courses to improve himself; he loyally uses his season tickets on Sunday mornings to see the Saints in New Orleans; and, despite his knees and hip causing him problems, nobody, but nobody, can do the
Federal Stomp at a party the way Popsy Scott does it.
Aside from being a fine Judge, aside from being a great family man and a good friend, Nauman Scott is a great guy we love and admire so its a great pleasure to celebrate this anniversary with him tonight.
Father: Nauman Steele SCOTT b: 3 OCT 1888 in Cave Springs GA
Mother: Sidonie Laurans PROVOSTY b: 11 DEC 1891 in New Roads LA; bap St Mary Ch (dau Albin Provosty & Marie Adele LeDoux)
Blanche Moulton HAMMOND b: 21 APR 1920 in New Orleans LA
8 JAN 1942
in New Orleans LA
- Living SCOTT
- Nauman Steele SCOTT b: 10 MAY 1945 in New Orleans LA
- Living SCOTT
- Living SCOTT