Lois (Martin) Olmstead
A native Washingtonian, Lois (Martin) Olmsted transferred to the University of Maryland from Bucknell University in her junior year. The difficulties of student life during World War II had made Lois’s commute to Bucknell difficult; however, she found that she could take a streetcar from her home in D.C. to her classes in College Park. After graduating in 1945 with a degree in English, Lois worked as a correspondent secretary for the government in the Maritime Commission and the General Accounting Office.
George Olmsted hailed from Indiana and moved to Washington, D.C., to work as a physicist for the government. He’d taken a few physics classes at UM and met one of Lois’s Alpha Xi Delta sorority sisters. In 1948 Lois and George were set up on a blind date. Soon after, they were married. George retired in 1974, and he and Lois moved to Sarasota, Fla. George passed away in 1993.
Lois views philanthropy as a way to give back while also honoring her past: “The University of Maryland gave me a good education and broadened my view of life. Plus, I met my husband there.” Lois has named the University of Maryland as the beneficiary of a life insurance policy that will establish an endowed scholarship fund for undergraduate students. “I know that George would have wanted to support our alma maters, and I’m so glad I can do this for the both of us.”
Lois Olmsted lives in Sarasota, Fla., and is an avid fan of Terps football.
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