To Scott’s Family and Friends,
Arup’s sadness on hearing the news of our good friend and client, Scott Cahill, is deep, but in no way as deep as that felt by Scott’s wonderful family, friends and colleagues. Scott was the steady hand that brought the Center Street Pedestrian Bridge and the Riverwalk from ideas sketched on paper to constructed civic amenities that continue to be appreciated by Des Moines’ residents and visitors. Let the Riverwalk stand as testament to Scott’s love of and hard work for his community.
Personally, I had the pleasure of visiting with Scott over several years on monthly trips to Des Moines for project meetings on the Center Street Pedestrian Bridge. Whenever our post-meeting conversations turned away from work the subject was family. There was no prouder father and husband than Scott. In his low key and somewhat sarcastic style, he would run through the upcoming calendar of activities where he was either cheering or coaching his daughters. No amount of dryness in his delivery of the schedule hid the great pride he took in the breadth of their busyness, their success and his involvement.
Countless were the invitations I extend to Scott to share a meal in the evening after a long day of meetings. I am truly thankful that Scott turned me down 99% of the time. His reason was simple and understandable – he had things to do with his family. Thank you Scott for having the wisdom and sense of purpose to say “No thanks. I’ve got to get home tonight”. Thank you Scott for declining and, in so doing, preventing my invitation from robbing you of the limited time you had with your most cherished accomplishment – your family.
It certainly doesn’t seem fair that a man who so loved his family will not be able to share a smile and a hug and probably a few winks of support as his daughters grow to be as he envisioned – beautiful and successful women. Equally unfair is the stealing of quiet moments when he and his wife can share their pride in those same beautiful and successful women.
Somehow, we know that he will be there for them just as he was these many, but far too few, years.
Project Director, Center Street Bridge, Arup Design Team