Irene Feagin Scott – Senior Judge, United States Tax Court

From a contemporary press report: April 16, 1997

Irene Feagin Scott, 84, a senior judge of the U.S. Tax Court, died of cancer April 10, 1997at St. Judes Medical Center in Fullerton, California. A resident of Arlington, Virginia, she had been in California for medical treatment.

Judge Scott was named to the Tax Court in 1960 by President Dwight D. Eisenhower and reappointed in 1972 by President Richard M. Nixon. In 1982, she became a senior judge and continued to be active in that capacity until her death.

She was born in Union Springs, Alabama, and graduated from the University of Alabama and the University of Alabama law school.

In 1937, she came to Washington and began her legal career in the office of the chief counsel of the Internal Revenue Service. While working at the IRS, she received a master's degree in taxation and international law at Catholic University.

From 1950 to 1952, she was a member of the Excess Profits Tax Council, a quasi-judicial administrative hearing board for claims made by corporations for relief from World War II excess profits taxes.

She then returned to the office of the chief counsel of the IRS, where she became special assistant to the chief of the appeals division.

Judge Scott had received the J. Edgar Murdock Award from the U.S. Tax Court in 1989 for her years of service. In 1978, she received an honorary doctorate in law from the University of Alabama law school.

She was a member of Mount Olivet United Methodist Church in Arlington.

Her avocations included swimming, boating and travel, including trips to China, Russia, Egypt, Kenya and the Galapagos Islands.

Her husband, Thomas J. Scott, whom she married in 1939, died in 1986.

Survivors include two children, Thomas J. Scott Jr. of Great Falls and Irene Scott Carroll of Fullerton; a sister; and five grandchildren.


On Thursday, April 10, 1997, at St. Jude's Medical Center, Fullerton, CA, wife of the late Thomas Jefferson Scott; mother of Thomas J. (Betsy Mackta) Scott, Jr. and Irene Scott (Franklin L.) Carroll; sister of Lucy Feagin Bunkley. Also survived by five grandchildren, Elspeth, Marghuerit, Thomas, Franklin and Irene.

Friends may call at the IVES-PEARSON FUNERAL HOMES, 472 N. Washington Street, Falls Church, VA on Wednesday, April 16, 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. A memorial service will be held at Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church, 1500 N. Glebe Road, Arlington, VA 22207 on Thursday, April 17 at 10 a.m. followed by interment at Arlington National Cemetery at 1 p.m.

The family suggests memorial contributions be made to Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church or The Honorable Irene Feagin Scott Library Fund, Cumberland School of Law, 800 Lakeshore Dr., Birmingham, AL 35209 or the Thomas J. Scott Scholarship Fund, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 77 Massachusetts Ave., Rm. 241, Cambridge, MA. This ad first appeared in The Washington Post April 16, 1997.

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