Omaha philanthropist and community volunteer Suzanne Scott, who passed away on Monday, leaves a legacy of wide-ranging civic dedication and achievement.
Sue Scott, as she was widely known, displayed tireless service as a community volunteer and leader with a range of local organizations. That service, plus her direct charitable contributions and support for fundraising campaigns, will produce benefits to Omaha that will extend across decades to come.
With her husband, Walter Scott Jr., chairman emeritus of Peter Kiewit Sons’ Inc., Sue Scott stood at the forefront of some of Omaha’s most notable philanthropic achievements. The Scotts’ generosity made possible the Suzanne and Walter Scott Kingdoms of the Seas Aquarium at the Henry Doorly Zoo, the Walter & Suzanne Scott Pavilion at Joslyn Art Museum and the Walter and Suzanne Scott Recital Hall at the Holland Performing Arts Center.
Among the many other organizations benefiting from the Scotts’ support are Clarkson Hospital, the Durham Museum, Lauritzen Gardens and the University of Nebraska.
Sue Scott became the first executive director of the Henry Doorly Zoo’s charitable foundation in 1983 and was dedicated to promoting the zoo as a truly community-wide institution. The zoo “is something for everybody,” she said, “not just a selected few.”
An extraordinary life. An extraordinary legacy.