The Westmoreland Museum of American Art Honors Legacy of Richard M. Scaife

  • GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania
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  • June 16, 2015

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Jasper F. Cropsey (1823-1900), Starrucca Viaduct, 1896, Oil on canvas, 46 1/4 x 68 1/2 inches, Bequest of Richard M. Scaife, RMS.274

The Westmoreland Museum of American Art is pleased to announce that after a unanimous vote, the Board of Trustees has re-named the Director/CEO position held by Judith O’Toole, “The Richard M. Scaife Director/CEO.”

A 2005 recipient of the museum’s Westmoreland Society Gold Medal as “Distinguished Patron,” Mr. Scaife supported the Museum during his lifetime through gifts of art, personal funds and those donated through the Allegheny Foundation. Posthumously, Mr. Scaife gifted The Westmoreland with approximately 220 works of art and $5 million to support the current Capital & Endowment Campaign. Highlights of his generous gift include major works by leading figures of the Hudson River School, including multiple works by William Trost Richards, one of his personal favorites.

“It is almost as though his good counsel and collegial companionship is still with me through his name,” says Judith O’Toole, The Richard M. Scaife Director/CEO.

Bruce M. Wolf, President of the Board, adds, "The Board of Trustees has deliberated over a period of months to find a way to acknowledge the game-changing contributions of Richard M. Scaife. We are pleased to announce naming the Directorship in his honor as a symbol of his dedication to the institution as a whole including collections, exhibitions and programs. Further, this action will carry his name into the Museum's future as a legacy impact." 

More information about Mr. Scaife’s bequest can be found here.

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