Guiding the Next Generation
Siblings Anthony Robert (Bob) Tyo and Mary Ellen Tyo '43 came from humble beginnings. Their father, a butcher, and their mother, a homemaker, saved diligently for their children's college tuition.
Mary Ellen chose to attend the Mount to study chemistry and went on to teach special needs children after graduating in 1943. Bob attended Notre Dame, and after serving in the Army in WWII, completed his education at Loyola (now Loyola Marymount University).
Bob became an educator and later a college counselor at Long Beach City College before retiring in 1988. Along the way, he gained great satisfaction in guiding students to discover the value of higher education and he also learned how to build an investment portfolio. When he passed away in 2018, his investments were worth over $4 million.
In his final days, Bob recounted the value and importance of education and his deep desire to make a positive difference in the lives of others by providing educational opportunities.
Mount Saint Mary's University, along with LMU and Bob's parish, were included in Bob's estate plan with a thoughtful contribution in loving memory of his late sister, Mary Ellen. We are proud to honor Bob's lifelong efforts and final wishes to make a positive impact and will use his contribution to provide numerous scholarship awards this school year to deserving students at the Mount.
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