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Barbara Hegg Ostby '64 and Bryn Otsby '64

Bryn and Barbara Ostby

Bryn and Barbara Ostby at their home in Palo Alto, California

Bryn and Barbara Ostby joined the Manitou Heights Society in 2019 by making a planned gift. For both, it was a way to share the benefits of their St. Olaf education.

What prompted your planned gift?

Barbara: Seeing the commitment St. Olaf and Oles have made to diversity and inclusion — compassion, inclusion, and integrity are important values to our family. They also guided us in our careers — mine in education and financial planning, Bryn’s as a Marine veteran and attorney in estate law. We had started making current gifts from our IRAs when the tax law changed a few years ago. It provides us a tax benefit and increases the gift and impact we can help provide. For our 55th reunion we included the college as a beneficiary in our retirement plans and shared the news with our kids.

Why is supporting St. Olaf important to you?

Bryn: Meeting each other our senior year was very significant. So too was our education. I took every course I could from Howard Hong — they’ve been a treasure in a lifelong search for meaning and purpose, in life and society. My education made clear why honoring our obligations to each other is important.

Was the decision hard?

Barbara: At St. Olaf, I had support, worked every day, and got an excellent education. Being able to give back and create opportunities for young people is a great feeling. It was an easy decision to make.