Lincoln Bain “Lee” Scott ’54

Dr. Lincoln Bain Scott, Jr., 89, of Chapel Hill, NC, passed away peacefully on December 30, 2021, surrounded by loving family.

Lincoln was born in Monroe, MI to Lincoln Bain Scott, Sr. and Rachel Butcher Scott. His adventurous youth was spent in Tennessee, where he graduated from Clarksville High School in 1950. Upon graduation from Davidson College, Lincoln attended medical school at the University of Pennsylvania, where he met his beloved wife of 64 years, and fellow Tennessean, Julia Ann Johnson. They married in 1957 and moved to Ann Arbor, MI, where Lincoln completed his residency at the University of Michigan. Shortly after, he joined the Davis Clinic, of Mt. Pleasant, MI, as a pediatrician and partner.

After eleven years in practice, a growing family and an increasing yearning for the South, they landed in Chapel Hill, NC, in 1971, where Lincoln spent twenty years as a physician at UNC Student Health.

While Julia was Lincoln’s first love, there were many others close to his heart. The subject of food was nearly sacred, as a dear family friend put it “…somewhere up there a buffet is in trouble…”. Bar-b-que (eastern NC style of course) and seafood were among his favorites. He gifted us with a love of fine cuisine and fond memories of peeling shrimp at Topsail Island, shucking Stump Sound oysters and chasing blue crabs in the flats. While Lincoln never met a plate of bar-b-que he didn’t like, his love for Allen & Son Bar-B-Que was borderline manic.

Lincoln also loved cooking, nature, gardening, skiing, sailing, fishing and held a special place in his heart for dogs. A lifelong tennis player, Lincoln had a serve that proved nearly impossible to return. His height also served him well on the volleyball court, where he was a fierce attacker on the Davidson College volleyball squad.

Lincoln was a true gentleman and taught his children humility, hard work, the power of reading and humor. He loved his family dearly and left us with so many treasured gifts and memories – we are all so very grateful. “Big Lee” will be missed dearly.

Remaining to cherish Lincoln’s memory are spouse, Julia J. Scott; children, Lincoln “Tad” Scott, III (Renee), Susan S. Estridge, Kelley S. Hyatt (Greg), Joseph Scott, Sr. (Jennifer); grandchildren, Jennifer Scott, Lee Scott, Katie E. Schneider, Joseph Estridge, Kendall Hyatt, Tanner Hyatt, Joseph Scott, Jr., Ethan Scott and Caroline Scott.

Preceding Lincoln in death are parents Lincoln B. Scott, Sr., Rachel B. Scott and son in law Bruce R. Estridge.

A family celebration is being planned for the springtime. Memorial donations may be directed to Transitions LifeCare; online at or mailed:
Transitions LifeCare
250 Hospice Cir
Raleigh, NC 27607

Published by The News & Observer on Jan. 6, 2022.