Dorothy M. Scott

Dorothy McGlade Scott

Was born January 30, 1919 from the loving union of Scott Lewis McGlade and Montry Goodell in Arkansas City, Kansas. She went to the Heavens to play THAT LAST GREAT ORGAN on July 31, 2013.

"MOM," Dorothy Scott, was a tremendous life force in Indianapolis. She was employed in several positions well into her young 94 years. Dorothy, the poised, impeccably coiffed, loving presence at CARPENTER REALTORS CO., INC. joined the organization on August 22, 1994, and remained the administrative assistant, receptionist and Real Estate assistant to Teale Rhodes, until her untimely departure.

Dorothy had a full life serving as a teacher, a mentor, an ICON in the Indianapolis community and serving as a role model to all who knew her as she groomed, promoted and positively influenced co-workers, students, and colleagues. Some of her mentees went on to become Carnegie Hall performers, pianists, organists, soloists, arts and music scholars and Pastors in various congregations and denominations. If you were ever feeling sad around Dorothy, you walked away from her smiling and uplifted. She encouraged all who knew her to "BELIEVE IN YOURSELF AND YOUR TALENTS."

Dorothy was well known as one of Indianapolis' premier organists. Her organ studies began at Southwestern University. At 18 years old, she came to Indianapolis to obtain her degree in piano performance at the Arthur Jordan Conservatory of Music (now Butler University), later earning her Masters. Dorothy Scott and her late husband, Farrell, began their church-related music careers as organist and Director of Music, respectfully, at the Meridian Street United Methodist Church in 1941. She assisted Rev. Dr. Richard Lancaster (RET) close to 33 years. As organist and member at Meridian Street for more than 70 years, Dorothy brought a level of excellence, loyalty and dedication that was amazing. She built the church's musical heritage to one of our city's finest. Dorothy Scott's service is noteworthy for its longevity; but, even more for its quality and discipline. She was a Life member of the Organ Historical Society and Indianapolis Matinee Musicale. Dorothy was involved with the local, regional and national organization of the American Guild of Organists (AGO) as a Life Member. She served as its Dean in 1967-68 and with the Sigma Alpha Iota Indianapolis Chapter, and received distinguished recognition of her talents as an accomplished arranger, composer and musician. Dorothy also received the SAI's Sword of Honor and Rose of Honor for outstanding performance, along with the honors bestowed her by Indianapolis' Mayor Ballard, and the title of "Distinguished Hoosier" awarded to her by Governor Mitch Daniels.

Dorothy served as proficient organist at the following churches: First Baptist, Meridian Street UMC 67 years, Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation 27 years, and First Church of Christ, Scientist. An accomplished musician, Dorothy's talents included accompanying, composing, and arranging for numerous artists. Dorothy accompanied Robert Shepfer for 14 years, Thom Brown, and played at various venues, cultural events, Indiana University Bloomington, and University of Indianapolis. As a musician, Dorothy traveled throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, and Turkey, visiting and playing at churches and cathedrals that house some of the great organs of the world. Her precious feet touched the most treasured DIAPASONS that ever existed! Simple pleasures made Dorothy happy. She loved trying out gourmet recipes for her niece and nephew when they visited, dining with friends and traveling the world with their mother, her late sister-in-law Helen. At age 87 she rode elephants with Joe and Leanna Roberts in Thailand and China, and most recently, at 92 years young, Dorothy walked miles on a Bird watching excursion in Trinidad and Tobago. To "MOM" age is only a number, and hers is unlisted!

Dorothy Scott was preceded in death by her Sweetheart, husband Farrell M Scott (1991), parents Scott Lewis McGlade and Montry Goodell of Wellington Kansas and brother Wayne Harlan McGlade (Helen Virginia Zook) Peoria, Illinois. Dorothy and Farrell M. Scott were joined in holy matrimony on December 17, 1939.

Dorothy Scott leaves to cherish her loving memories: dearest nephew Larry Wayne McGlade (Sandra Dwyer) Dalton, Georgia and beloved niece Judith Ann McGlade Curry (William) Darien, Illinois. Dorothy was always surrounded by loving friends, colleagues and extended family members: Adoptive "Sisters" Wanda Farmer, RosaDene Shepfer, Mary Bowen, Sara Lee Jay, Leanna Roberts, Kitty Odonnell, Joan Moyer, Jeanette Woolsey, Joyce Dagley, Barbara Doherty; Adoptive "Brothers" Dr. Richard Lancaster, Rev. Robert A. Schilling, Joseph Roberts, Robert Shepfer; Adoptive daughters, Connie Wilson, Louise Hickman, Amy Englert, Rachel Kaylor, Ellen Detroy, Annette Boyle, Elizabeth Brayton, Pastor Anne Rosebrock, A. "Teale" Rhodes; Adoptive "Sons" Jody Clay, Thom Brown, Tim Boston, William Catus, John Asbury, Thomas Prall and David Caveness; Piano Student Protege Nadia Kimbrough; Caregivers, Mrs. Lillian Frazier, Stacey Cobb, June France, Tina Stephens, Mr. Marshall.

In lieu of flowers Dorothy wishes you to contribute to Indianapolis Chapter, Sigma Alpha Iota, 9046 Zenona Way, Indianapolis, IN, 46234, American Guild of Organists, 2892 N US Highway 31, Sharpsville, IN 46068 and Gennesaret Free Clinics, 615 N. Alabama Street, GF Suite B, Indianapolis, IN 46204.

Funeral services will be held at Meridian Street United Methodist Church on Friday Aug. 9, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. with visitation there from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Home going dinner to follow immediately at the church. Dorothy requested ALL to attend, laugh and celebrate your precious lives!


Leppert Mortuary & Crematory, Nora Chapel has been entrusted with Crematory arrangements. Friends are encouraged to visit Dorothy's online tribute condolence page at:

Funeral Home

Leppert Mortuary Nora Chapel
740 East 86th Street Indianapolis, IN 46240

Published in the The Indianapolis Star on Aug. 7, 2013