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A Legacy Living On Through OLLI

Ethel SayreIn late 2020, the OLLI community learned of the passing of Ethel Sayre, a longtime student and supporter of OLLI-Wilmington. A member of OLLI since the 1990s, Ethel loved learning with her OLLI family. Those classes and opportunities inspired her to include OLLI in her estate plans; qualifying her as one of the first members of the Osher Lifelong Learning Legacy Society. Her transformative gift will create an endowment in Ethel’s name, providing essential income in perpetuity for OLLI’s operations.

Ethel enjoyed 43 years of marriage with her husband, James, before his passing in 1992. She retired from the DuPont Company after 33 years and had three key activities in her life and friends associated with each: Opera Delaware, the Delaware Symphony, and her wonderful Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Her love of opera was nourished in the classes she took at OLLI; Dr. Larry Peterson reports that Ethel was a regular in discussing opera productions. He and other opera instructors will miss her lively presence.

On behalf of the entire OLLI-Wilmington community, we thank Ethel for helping to continue OLLI’s mission and dedication to lifelong learning.

If you would like to make a gift in memory of Ethel, please visit OLLI’s secure website or mail checks to: University of Delaware, Gifts Processing, 83 E. Main St., 3rd Fl., Newark, DE 19716. Make checks payable to “University of Delaware” and include on the memo line: "To OLLI-W in memory of Ethel Sayre”.