Ruth and Bill Scott are deeply rooted and invested in the Omaha community where they have lived for nearly 55 years. They contribute to its progress, health and vitality in a quiet but exceptional way.
When the Scotts learned of the nursing shortage across Nebraska and the critical shortage nationwide, they wanted to be part of the solution. Ruth’s passion for nursing and the health of others inspired their decision to make the lead gift to the Center for Nursing Science at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.
“The influence of a smiling, competent nurse is so instrumental to a patient’s recovery,” Ruth said at the Center for Nursing Science groundbreaking in 2008. “Since we realize good health is the number one criterion for a great life, we enjoy helping others attain and maintain their health.”
This gift is one example of the Scotts’ extraordinary support of the University of Nebraska and particularly UNMC. Their steadfast commitment to the Medical Center’s vision of becoming a world-class academic health science center has stimulated UNMC’s continued growth. This success is evident by the recent ranking of UNMC among the country’s top medical centers by the 2011 US News & World Report.
The Scotts’ generosity has greatly benefited key UNMC priorities in education, research and patient care. Most recently, the Scotts supported three major projects at UNMC: a Student Plaza including an architectural feature by world-renowned architect and artist James Carpenter; the Harold M. and Beverly Maurer Center for Public Health; and the Center for Nursing Science.
Additionally, the Scotts provided the lead gift to the Michael F. Sorrell Center for Health Science Education. They also joined other principal benefactors in supporting Durham Research Center I and II and inspired the establishment of the Nebraska Arthritis Outcomes Research Center at UNMC.
Last year the University of Nebraska Board of Regents presented Ruth and Bill Scott with its most prestigious award, the Regents Medal, for their extraordinary contributions to the University’s academic programs, scholarships and facilities.
Bill Scott is a 1953 graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Business Administration. The Ashland, Neb., native joined Buffett Partnership in 1959 and Berkshire Hathaway in 1970 where he remained until the early 1990s. Prior to that, he was with the trust department at U.S. National Bank’s Investment Division; a money manager in Detroit, Mich.; with the investment department at Bankers Life in Des Moines; and a state bank examiner with the Nebraska Department of Banking.
Ruth Scott, also a native of Ashland, earned a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1952. She went on to teach school and later founded the Omaha Bridge Studio where she teaches “the game everyone should play.”
The University of Nebraska Medical Center and the University of Nebraska Foundation gratefully acknowledge the Scotts and their extraordinary commitment. Their generosity has led to the transformation of the Medical Center’s campus.