Scott, Bess Whitehead, 1890-1997


Scott, Bess Whitehead, 1890-1997


Bio: Bess Whitehead Scott (b. Bess Lorena Whitehead, December 13, 1890, Blanket, Texas-d. December 27, 1997, Austin, Texas), journalist. She is the daughter of William Tazewell Whitehead and Sarah Caroline Barnett. Scott attended Baylor Female College, now called the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, for three years before transferring to Baylor University and obtaining her degree in 1912. After graduation she taught high school English and Latin in Houston for two years and at Howard Payne College for one year. She returned to Houston in 1915 and obtained a position as a reporter at the Houston Post newspaper. She married Hubert Clark Scott in 1918 and they had two children. Scott followed her husband in his career but after their divorce she returned to journalism at the Houston Press, and later the Houston Post. In addition to her career as a journalist Scott published textbooks on journalism, helped establish and edit the publication Texas Woman for the Texas Federation of Business and Professional Women, and published her memoir at the age of 99.