Rebekah Scott

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Miss Rebekah Scott was the step daughter of the renowned William A. Alexander, one of the many athletic legends and noted football coaches at the Georgia Institute of Technology. [1]Alexander did not have any children of his own; however, Scott was the daughter that his wife, Marie MacIntyre Scott, had from a former marriage. Like her father, Scott also served as an enthusiastic Georgia Tech fan and initiated many major contributions for the Georgia Tech football team during her father’s time as head coach.

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Early life

Scott was the legitimate daughter of John Scott and Marie Randolph MacIntyre. She was born and raised in Fulton County, which was relatively close to Georgia Tech's campus. As the stepdaughter of the notable football coach, Scott was brought up as a Georgia Tech fan from the very beginning. Though Alexander had no children of his own, he helped to raise Scott, making sure to treat her as his actual daughter. Unlike her father, Scott attended and graduated from Tulane University. Nonetheless, her excitement and enthusiasm as a Georgia Tech fan never diminished due to her upbringing and her father's influence toward his team. Following her father's footsteps though, Scott joined the greek life at Tulane and became an active member in their athletics and intramural programs as well. [2]

Parents' wedding

William A. Alexander married Marie MacIntyre Scott on July 1st, 1935 at their summer home Ben Sinclair at Tugalo Camp at Tallulah Falls. Though the wedding was small, many of the football players on Alexander's Georgia Tech team came to the ceremony. The bride was given in marriage by her brother, Dan McIntyre, and McIntyre's daughter was named maid of honor. Marie Scott had four children from her previous marriage, including Rebekah Scott. Scott was the flower girl at the wedding and witnessed the ceremony along with many prominent leaders from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Life with the team

While her father served as a coach for the Georgia Tech football team, Scott assisted him greatly in all areas. She traveled with her father and the Georgia Tech team at least once a year, hopping from places like New Orleans to Baton Rouge to Newcomb. Her pride and passion for Georgia Tech's football team even defeated her own support for the university she attended, especially if the game was against Tech. As an advocate of the Georgia Tech team, Scott stated, "That trip [Newcomb] stands out as the best football trip I ever made and all of them were wonderful. I'm for Tulane, of course, in every game except that with Tech. And I must confess I was a bit up in the air until the Jackets started the fireworks in the last half." [3] Although she supported her own college football team, Scott often traveled with her father's team and coordinated many aspects within the team in order to sustain it.

Bust of Alexander

At the intermission of the Georgia Tech- Tennessee football game in 1947, the bronze bust of William A. Alexander was unveiled to 40,000 fans by Rebekah Scott.[4] The Atlanta Journal Constitution named Scott as "his [Alexander's] favorite of three charming stepdaughters". Four decades of Tech athletic history were represented in person at the ceremony, and Robert P. Jones, also known as "Colonel Bob", was the orator of the evening. The event took place on Old Home Week by the Anak Society at Georgia Tech.

Influence from Tech

Though Scott attended Tulane University, the influence from Tech's life impacted a great portion of her own life. As Vice President of the Debutante's Club at Gala, Scott featured the Halloween Ball in the theme of Georgia Tech's colors of both gold and black. For example, the center of each table had an arrangement of two cornucopias out of which embellished chrysanthemums, delias, and roses, with shades of yellow, gold, and bronze. At the ceremony, each debutante had an escort and both were recognized for their placement in the debutante society. The program highlighted that Autumn's social event and calender for the Piedmont Driving Club.[5]

Father's contributions

As the daughter of Alexander, Scott had to live up to his outstanding reputation and praise his status of being such a remarkable coach. William A. Alexander, the Athletic Director of the Georgia Institute of Technology till 1950, received many honorable mentions as head coach of the football team. He was a distinguished member of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity and achieved much recognition for his efforts in both the Senior Society and Koseme in 1912. Though Alexander's achievements mainly focused on football, he was awarded the Certificate of Golf Prowess in 1938 for his accomplishments as a skilled coach of Georgia Tech's golf team. However, Alexander's most respected honorary mention concerned his service towards the United States Armed Forces. He was a member of the National Football Rules Committee and became President of the National Football Coaches association. He coached 133 games to victory, lost only 95, and tied for 8 other games at Georgia Tech. Alexander was the 16th coach to be honored in the College Football's Hall of Fame, and he was labeled "Coach of the Year" by 1942. His leadership was recognized fully when he became the first football coach to have his teams play for the four major bowl games. On February 15th, 1964, the Annual Awards banquet held the Athletic Hall of Fame at Dinkler Plaza Hotel where three distinguished athletes were recognized: W.A. Alexander, Ty Cobb, and Bobby Jones. Though Alexander retired to the athletic director's chair in 1945, he still remained as an excellent and diverse athlete, earning almost every possible honor in his football career. Because of the several achievements from her father, Scott also became very well known in the athletics community and had several articles published about her and her father's contributions to the Georgia Tech Athletics System. She was widely known as the "the Grid Coach's Daughter" due to an article written about her in 1940s. Alexander's football team played in all of the following (majority of which Scott was present for):

  • SIAA Champions
  • SC (Co-Champions)
  • Rose Bowl
  • Orange Bowl
  • Cotton Bowl
  • Sugar Bowl

Marriage life

Rebekah Scott was married to Southworth Bryan. Bryan was born and raised in Jefferson, Georgia, and he had graduated from Martin Institute in Tallahassee, Tennessee. [6] He acquired his masters (engineering degree) from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1946, and like Alexander, Bryan also served in the United States Army. Rebekah married Bryan in 1945 and had four children together.

After father's death

In honor of William A. Alexander, the Georgia Institute of Technology built a memorial that now sits at the south end of the Rose Bowl Field and across the football stadium. Contributions for this memorial were made by family members, including Scott. The memorial is marked by a white "X", and it is in memory of Alexander's wins in the 1928 Rose Bowl Team games. The Alexander Memorial Coliseum seats more than 10,000 people, and it accompanies many opportunities to experience such as homecomings, ceremonies, and other Georgia Tech athletic programs. On December 11, 1958, the institute unveiled the memorial plaque in honor of Alexander, with both Alexander's wife and Scott present, along with the rest of his family. The Alexander Memorial Physical Training Center was dedicated to Alexander as well on October 27th, 1956. Before his death, Alexander and Scott also worked on a fundraising project in order to create a fitness building program for the physical requirements needed to join any portion of the army. After her father's death, Scott and her family (along with Georgia Tech) was presented a distinguished certificate in honor and memory of Alexander's dedicated service for his country.


Death

Rebekah Scott Bryan died on November 10th, 2006. [7] She had a short illness, and the funeral took place in Jefferson, Georgia, which was where her husband, Southworth Bryan, was born and raised from. She was 79 when she deceased.

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References

  1. (15 September 2010) In gtlibrary Retrieved September 15, 2010 from http://www.library.gatech.edu/archives/finding-aids/display/xsl/MS145#series5
  2. (1 October 2010) In "Archives - Box 2 Series 6 Folder 2" Retrieved October 1, 2010 from Box 2 Series 6 Folder 2
  3. (1 October 2010) In "Archives - Box 2 Series 6 Folder 2" Retrieved October 1, 2010 from Box 2 Series 6 Folder 2
  4. (1 October 2010) In "Archives - Box 2 Series 6 Folder 2" Retrieved October 1, 2010 from Box 2 Series 6 Folder 3
  5. (1 October 2010) In "Archives - Box 2 Series 6 Folder 2" Retrieved October 1, 2010 from Box 2 Series 6 Folder 5
  6. (15 September 2010) In cecilbuffington Retrieved September 15, 2010 from http://cecilbuffington.com/rich_text_22.html
  7. (15 September 2010) In gainesvilletimes Retrieved September 15, 2010 from http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:ndgitQNsUuAJ:archive.gainesvilletimes.com/news/stories/20061112/obituaries/137152.shtml+%22Rebekah+Scott%22-+georgia+tech&cd=22&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us&client=safari

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