Community leader Linda Bowen Scott died at her home in Littleton, Nov. 13, 2018.
Linda was born in Allentown, Penn. to the late Donald Herbert Bowen who died in 1984 and Shirley M.E. Bowen (nee Zimmer) who died in 2009. She is survived by her daughter Katrina Cullen Scott (Sam Swerdling) of Denver and son Russell Scott IV of Denver. In addition, she is survived by her siblings – Donna M. Werley of Northampton, Penn., Kathleen Bowen of Denver and Christopher D. Bowen of Saucon Valley, Penn. Linda is also survived by nephews Dr. Matthew Werley of Salzburg, Austria and Christopher Werley of Lehigh Valley, Penn.
She attended Allen High School where she played field hockey and was a member of ski club, leaders club and yearbook club. Under the tutelage of Mr. Musselman, she excelled in art class. She moved to Colorado in 1971 to attend the University of Denver where she majored in sociology, was a Vista volunteer and also worked for Advocates for Children and Youth as a grant writer. At DU, she met her future husband Russell Scott III. She was part of his auto racing amateur and professional crew from 1983-1987 and from 1988-1990 in Formula Atlantic competition. Fittingly, she was heavily involved in the inaugural Grand Prix of Denver in 1989-1890 as liaison between racing and nonprofit communities. She co-chaired the Grand Prix Heart Ball from 1990-1992 and was instrumental in securing the title sponsor Hensel Phelps and celebrity artist LeRoy Neiman’s multi-year participation and sponsorship. Highlights of those years included the likes of stars Kenny Loggins and Bob Newhart who headlined events, along with numerous Indy car drivers as well as local celebrities. She had been an American Heart Association volunteer since 1988 and was president of Hearts for Life Guild in 1993.
There was hardly a charity in the Denver area that Linda did not support – large and small. The list is so lengthy, it’s impossible to include every one. She was inspired by Margaret Mead, was an active member, served on dozens of boards, chaired, invented, directed and delivered whatever was necessary for success. Early on, she hosted meetings, kickoffs and actual galas at her opulent homes with a flourish. Her art skills were evident as a gracious hostess and interior designer. She was a lifetime volunteer and shared her broad spectrum of leadership and creativity as an event planner with countless organizations.
She was especially passionate about Advocates for Learning and Literacy (ALL), of which she was founder and president. The mission of ALL was to promote awareness of dyslexia and raise money for specialized teacher training and collect books so they could better help dyslexic kids. Both her children have dyslexia. Just one of many special fundraisers for ALL was the only premiere of the first Harry Potter film – The Sorcerer’s Stone. She created and chaired it garnering 900 attendees while securing sponsorship of Channel 2 and United Artist Continental Theater. It was especially meaningful to her as it was the first book her son ever wanted to read on his own.
She was a catalyst with remarkable ability to reach the appropriate people and bring them together for important and unique events as well as solicit funds. Her focus was the collaboration between corporate and community and her favorite ventures were fashion shows, luxury lifestyle, auto racing and children’s causes.
Among the other nonprofits that captured and held her attention were: Denver Ballet Guild- especially Les Demoiselles, Junior League of Denver (Sustainer Council Board member since 2010) Fashion Group International of Denver (board and numerous committees including Rising Star) and founding member of Harvard Women Studies in Religion Program Colorado Steering Committee (co-chair since 2011) and Harvard Divinity National Leadership Council since 1994.
She was also a fan of NPR and enjoyed projects with the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, ART REACH and The Gathering Place to name just a few.
Her awards include: American Diabetes Association Auxiliary – Golden Ball honoree, Cherry Creek Club – Outstanding Community Leader, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society – Woman of the Year 2001, Colorado Ballet – Women on Their Toes honoring women presidents of nonprofits 2001 and being featured in the Colorado Expression article “Shades of Denver” Portrait by Jack Wells of five community leaders.
In recent years, she was a jewelry designer, exhibiting at various studios and shows. Each piece in her collections was accompanied by a fascinating story she was proud to share.
A Celebration of Life, to remember Linda, will be held Saturday, Dec. 1, from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Glenmoor Country Club in Cherry Hills Village. The program is scheduled for 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Linda Bowen Scott’s name are encouraged to be made to your favorite charity, which might well have been one of hers.
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