Walter Scott Jr., former Kiewit chairman and CEO, passed away on Sept. 25 at the age of 90. Few people have had a more significant impact in Kiewit’s history, and few have had a greater impact in communities across North America through their stewardship. Walter understood and appreciated the true source of Kiewit’s success – and he worked tirelessly to use that knowledge to replicate success within communities and the lives of young people.
As Peter Kiewit’s successor in 1979, Walter played an important role in carrying on the traditions of Kiewit and instilling the guiding principles the company’s founders into future generations. His contributions to the company, countless communities and to the education of up-and-coming industry professionals set an example for many inside and outside Kiewit.
Walter began his career with Kiewit as an intern, working his way up to chairman and CEO in 1979, a role he held until 1998. He was elected to Kiewit’s Board of Directors in 1964 and served in that capacity until 2020, a total of 56 impactful years. Beyond Kiewit, he was a titan in the construction and engineering industry and, among his many accomplishments, he helped guide other firms to be safer, stronger contractors and corporate citizens.
His commitment to philanthropy and education is widely recognized throughout many communities, especially in Omaha – his hometown. Through the Walter Scott Foundation, he has had a powerful impact on institutions like Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo, the Peter Kiewit Institute at University of Nebraska Omaha, and his alma mater, Colorado State University, where students attend the Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering. Those who Walter positively impacted are far too many to count, but they are all the better for it.
Walter will be missed by many and his legacy will continue for generations. Our company extends our thoughts and prayers to Walter’s family and all who had the privilege to know him.