Former ABC-TV Network publicist

Former ABC-TV Network publicist Margaret Cole Scott died of pneumonia January 28at Valley Presbyterian Hospital in Van Nuys, Calif. She was 78.

She retired from the ABC Television Network Press Relations in 1984 after 24 years. A unit publicist for more than 100 TV network series and specials, she was honored by the Publicists Guild in 1982 with the first Maxwell Weinberg Publicist Showmanship Award.

Scott began her career in journalism in 1945 as the first female “copy boy” at the former Los Angeles Examiner, where she later became a reporter and feature writer. Later, she became a publicity writer at Young & Rubicam, Inc. in Los Angeles before joining the ABC-TV Network staff in 1960. She left ABC to attend ministerial school in San Jose.

Scott was born April 25, 1924 in Williamsport, Pa. Her father, Dr. Stewart Grant Cole, was a religious educator and lecturer. Scott attended Immaculate Heart College in Los Angeles and Antioch College in Yellows Springs, Ohio. She was divorced from the late United Press Intl. entertainment writer, Vernon Scott. She is survived by a son, a daughter, a former daughter-in-law and three grandchildren.

A special memorial service for will be held at Holy Spirit Retreat Center, 4316 Lanai Road, Encino, on Feb. 24 at 7:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heifer Project Intl., 800-422-0474, or http: //www.heifer.org

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