Planned Giving Spotlight: Laurann Owsley Robertson ’68

June 13 2018
Category: Alumni

Laurann Owsley Robertson ’68

50th Reunion Celebrant provides an Estate Gift from her investment account

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                                            Laurann with her twin granddaughters, Aubrey Eve Allegretti (left) and Avery Grace Allegretti.   

"The best part is that I won't even know when it happens, but feel satisfied knowing that I will play a tiny part in enhancing the education of other young male or female students at Elmira College."

 As she looks forward to celebrating her 50th Reunion in June 2018, Laurann Owsley Robertson ’68 reflects on how Elmira College had such an enormous impact on her life, and why she decided to leave a portion of one of her investment accounts in her estate. 

“The older I get, the more I realize what a gem of a college Elmira is.  When I look back fifty years, I see why it was a perfect fit for me at that time in my life.  Elmira prepared and polished me for adult life and all its challenges by providing an education rich in the liberal arts, a diverse community of women and supportive professors, a social experience where I made lasting and valuable friendships with men and women across the country, and an opportunity to find out who I was and where I wanted to go in life,” Laurann explained.

“Giving back to Elmira with a small percentage of one of my investment accounts seems to be the natural and right thing to do.  The best part is that I won't even know when it happens, but feel satisfied knowing that I will play a tiny part in enhancing the education of other young male or female students here at Elmira College.” 

 Laurann is a former Elmira College Alumni Board member, serving from 2004 to 2010, who received a Bachelor of Arts degree in History in 1968 and a Master of Arts degree from Columbia University Teacher’s College in 1970.  Married to Colonel Blake Robertson of the United States Marine Corps, she and her family have moved several times for Uncle Sam.  While in New York, she served as Community Services Program Supervisor for the Westchester County Parks and Recreation Department and taught therapeutic recreation at Westchester Community College.  While raising her three children, Laurann took leadership roles in school and community volunteer programs.  Laurann also worked for the Stafford County Schools in Virginia and retired in 2007.          

In addition to her six years of service on the Alumni Board of Directors, Laurann has served as Class of 1968 Secretary-Treasurer and represented Elmira College at the inauguration of the new president at Randolph-Macon College in October 2006.  Laurann decided to make Elmira College a beneficiary of one of her investment accounts and specified that the proceeds be used for the College’s general purposes. This legacy gift forms an important backbone for the College’s financial strength.

As a bonus, Laurann can count her future estate gift in the Class of 1968 totals at Reunion 2018.  If you are celebrating your 50th or greater Reunion, you can do this, too, if you send the appropriate paperwork to the College specifying your intentions.

Laurann and other generous benefactors like her make a difference in the lives of the current generation of Elmira College students.

 

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