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Charity Scott

May 21, 1951 — March 18, 2023

Charity Scott, 71, passed away on Saturday, March 18th, 2023. She was born on May 21, 1951 to Gordon Kendall Scott and Faith Crandall Scott. Part of a family of distinguished academics and

legal scholars, Charity grew up in both Stanford, CA and Westfield, NY, later living in locations as diverse as the small Navajo town of Chinle, AZ; Toulouse, France; and of course, Atlanta, GA. She was awarded a bachelor of arts (BA) in comparative literature

from Stanford University; a juris doctor (JD) from Harvard University; and a master of science in conflict management (MSCM) from Kennesaw State University.

Though initially pursuing careers in both academic editing and legal practice, Charity's true professional passion

was teaching. She taught in the Georgia State University College of Law from 1987 to 2020 and was the founding director of the College's Center for Law, Health, and Society. This health law program has consistently ranked among the top ten programs nationally

since its inception. Charity was also a co-founder of the Health Law Partnership, a medical-legal partnership with the Children's Hospital of Atlanta and the Atlanta Legal Aid Society. She was a well-loved and an innovative teacher who brought improvisation

and meditation to legal education.

In addition to her illustrious career, Charity was passionate about her family, travel, and literature. Charity is

survived by her husband, Evans Harrell; her son, Peter Harrell; her daughter-in-law, Meryl Harrell; her grandchildren, Sam and Faith; her son-in-law, Jacob Shreckengost; her daughter, Constance Harrell Shreckengost; and her granddogs, Joule, Virgil, Mimi,

and Tigre.

A service will be held in Charity Scott's memory on Saturday, March 25th, 2023, at the A.S. Turner & Sons Funeral

Home and Crematorium chapel at six o'clock in the evening. This will be followed by a reception adjacent to the chapel.

If desired, donations may be made in memory of Charity to either of the following:

The Charity Scott Summer Law Student Scholarship, in support of a law student summer internship with the Health Law Partnership. Donations can be made

through PayPal at


by check payable to Health Law Partnership Foundation, 975 Johnson Ferry Road, Suite 360, Atlanta, GA 30342. The foundation website is

To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Charity Scott, please visit our flower store.

Service Schedule

Past Services

Memorial Service

Saturday, March 25, 2023

6:00 - 7:00 pm (Eastern time)

A. S. Turner & Sons Funeral Home and Crematory

2773 North Decatur Road, Decatur, GA 30033

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