Alfred Witherspoon Scott, Jr. M.D.

  • Died: July 16, 2017
  • Location: Newton, Massachusetts

Eaton & Mackay Funeral Home

465 Centre St
Newton, MA 02458
Tel. (617) 244-2034

Tribute & Message From The Family

Alfred Witherspoon Scott, Jr. passed away peacefully at home on July 16, 2017. He was surrounded by his beloved wife Emily, and their children.

Born January 5, 1926, in Athens GA, Alfred will be remembered as a very loving husband and wonderful father, for his positive nature, kindness, generosity, respect for others, love of family and friends, and for his respect of nature and love of birds. He will also be remembered as an ophthalmologist and long time member of the Mass Eye and Ear Infirmary. He considered it a privilege to be a member of the Boston medical community and the Newton community.

Alfred was born in Athens, Georgia to Alfred Witherspoon Scott and Jane Sams Scott, and raised there with his brothers George Edward Scott and Richard Sams Scott. He graduated from high school at the age of 16, completed accelerated pre-medicine requirements at the University of Georgia by age 18, and was accepted into Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Scott completed his internship at Philadelphia General Hospital, where he met the love of his life, Emily Keller Hubbs, and they married in 1949. Alfred served as a US Naval physician at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina, and then completed his residency at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. He started a private practice in Boston and was an Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School where he enjoyed teaching medical students for 18 years. He was actively involved in the Mass Eye and Ear Infirmary teaching both interns and residents, and was elected President of the Medical staff on two separate occasions. He retired from active practice at age 72.

A life-long naturalist, Alfred developed a special interest in bird watching, and traveled extensively with Emily compiling a life-list of birds. He played tennis since his childhood days at Dixie Camps in Georgia, and then at the Longwood Cricket Club in Chestnut Hill. Alfred and Emily moved to Newton in 1956, and became involved in their children's education in the Newton school system and began lifelong friendships with many neighbors (The Almosters). He was also a member of the 8 O'Clock Club, the Harvard Club, the Harvard Travelers Club and the Harvard Book Club.

Alfred is survived by his wife of 68 years, Emily Hubbs Scott, and their children Alfred Witherspoon Scott III (Fred) and his wife Katrina, Lynn Keyes Scott and her children Thomas Shuko Yoshikami and Emiko Mykle Yoshikami, Baldwin Keyes (BK) Scott and his wife Deborah, and their son Alfred William Scott, and Jennie Longstreth Scott. He is also survived by his sister-in-law Alice Murray Scott, cousin Bruce Sams and wife King, and numerous nieces and nephews.

He is predeceased by his parents, and his brothers George and Richard, and sister-in-law Mary.
Services are private.
If desired a donation may be made in his name to


Condolence & Memory Journal

Dear Jennie and Family,

I happened to be attending NEOS today, and was very saddened to hear of Dr. Scott's passing. I remember him with great fondness. He was always such a kind, and wonderful physician and surgeon, much loved by his patients.

I worked with you Jennie, while in Boston, and you were a great co-worker. I extend my sincerest condolences to you, and all who knew and loved him.

Rest easy, Dr. Scott.

Posted by Sheree W. - Foxborough, MA   October 20, 2017

Hello Mrs Scott (Emily)
My heart goes out to you.
I am very luck to know you and Dr. Scott.
You have been like a second set of parents to me.

Posted by Duncan Marshal - Family Friend   July 27, 2017

Dear Emily, please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

Posted by Jean Kennedy - Lincoln, MA - Friend   July 24, 2017

It was an honor and pleasure to have known Dr. Scott. My condolences to Emily and her family for their loss.
Joy Camp

Posted by Joy Camp - Melrose, MA - Friend   July 24, 2017

So sorry to hear, Emily. I'll be thinking of you. S

Posted by Susan Wagner` - Wayland, MA - Friend   July 24, 2017


Please know that my thoughts are with you. You are a remarkable and wonderful woman.

I did not know your husband - only heard the wonderful things that were said about him.

Most sincerely

Sondra Shick

Posted by Sondra Shick - Newton, MA - Friend   July 24, 2017

Happy memories of the Scott family in the fifties. Thinking of you all.
Kitty Ray Sturgis

Posted by Kitty Ray Sturgis - Sherborn, MA - Friend   July 22, 2017

Dear Emily and family,

I certainly admired Al and, you too Emily, for your dedication to causes, interest in nature and travel and books, and for your love of family and friends.

As a resident of Farlow Hill, seeing you both was always at joy.
You two were so involved in life, but always had time for friends.

May all your wonderful memories help you at this trying time.

My condolences and love to the Scott family.

Susan Kaplan

Posted by Susan Kaplan - Newton, MA - Friend   July 22, 2017