Eugene A. Leahy

Eugene A. "Gene" Leahy (May 8, 1929 – January 18, 2000) was Mayor of Omaha, Nebraska from 1969 to 1973. Gene Leahy Mall in Downtown Omaha is named after him. His unorthodox style endeared him to many Omahans. He would often wear a clown suit for poor children's celebrations and he championed the retention of football at the University of Nebraska at Omaha when the Nebraska University System wanted to cut it. Mayor Leahy was also well known for reading the Sunday comics on a local television station. His long range planning for the city was done in a fashion which did not draw attention to his own guidance and vision yet has been one of the enduring backbones which the subsequent city leaders have built upon.

Eugene A. Leahy
Mayor of Omaha
In office
Preceded byAlexander V. Sorensen
Succeeded byEdward Zorinsky
Personal details
Elijah Eugene Cummings

(1929-05-08)May 8, 1929
DiedJanuary 18, 2000(2000-01-18) (aged 70)


  • "Eugene Leahy". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved March 11, 2007.
Preceded by
Alexander V. Sorensen
Mayor of Omaha
Succeeded by
Edward Zorinsky