Anna Wall Scott

Scott, Anna Wall

Mrs. Anna Wall Scott was a resident of the Champaign-Urbana Community for many years and was also politically and socially active for many years.

Mrs. Scott was a WWII Veteran, which put her on the path to completing three degrees from the University of Illinois. She was one of the first Women’s Army Corps Members.

She was appointed to serve on the Charter Human Relations Commission in Urbana, as Chair of the Subcommittee on Education. She also taught sociology at Parkland College for 40 years, from its beginnings in 1967.

She was the first woman in the State of Illinois to be elected to the Democratic State Central Committee, covering seven counties in the East Central Illinois jurisdiction. She served as Vice-Chair of the State Democratic Party with the late Mayor Richard J. Daley. She was also on the Democratic National Committee, serving as a delegate to the Nominating Convention, which led to the election of former President Jimmy Carter.

Later in her public career, she switched to the Republican party. She may be best known for her political and social accomplishments, such as desegregating the Champaign Department of Public Aid. She once served as the Corresponding Secretary of the Champaign County Republican Women's Organization. She completed a two-year term on the Illinois Real Estate and Banking Board, to which she was appointed by the former Governor Jim Edgar, and has attended meetings with Congressional leaders.

Other community activities include: Past Matron of Deborah Chapter #27, Order of Eastern Star, member of Hadassah, member and past Board member of the League of Women Voters, past Board member of Campus Y.W.C.A., Junior Vice-Commander of the Champaign County Council of American Legions, Commander of the William F. Earnest American Legion Post #559, of which she is the first woman in Champaign County to be elected to that position. She is also a member and class leader of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church.

Anna Wall Scott passed away on June 7, 2019.