|Robert Montgomery Scott, 76, Pillar of Philadelphia’s Artistic and Cultural Community
BY ANDY GREENBERG
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ROBERT MONTGOMERY SCOTT L’54, one of Philadelphia’s preeminent cultural ambassadors and an icon of the city’s aristocratic history, died at the age of 76 last October.
Over the course of his life, Scott served at the helm of numerous civic institutions, as a partner at Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads, and as a diplomat in Great Britain. He is perhaps best remembered for his leadership at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, which, during his tenure as president and CEO, more than doubled its attendance and operating budget and increased its endowment more than fivefold. Operating hours were extended by a full day per week, several galleries were completely renovated, and the museum hosted some of the largest exhibitions in its history, all despite shrinking funding from the city’s government and constant budget battles with then-Mayor Ed Rendell.