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Olin has a lot to be grateful for: a century of excellence, inspiring students and faculty, and generous alumni who are dedicated to continuing Olin’s distinction as an institution for world-class business education. As our Centennial year comes to a close, we are doubling our efforts to ensure Olin’s bright future.

The $1.5 million Bob (BS ’60, MBA ’62) and Barbara Frick Olin Centennial Challenge will help lay a solid foundation for Olin’s second century of top-ranked business education while supporting Leading Together: The Campaign for Washington University.

The Fricks, already generous donors to Washington University, hope to inspire alumni, parents, and friends to make a contribution in support of the innovative, ethical, world-class business education Olin provides to its students every day. This challenge will match gifts designated to the Olin Annual Fund or endowed scholarships, and all gifts will be put to work immediately to help Olin continue its mission of teaching, research, and service to society.

“Barbara and I are proud to show our appreciation and support of Olin Business School through this challenge,” said Bob Frick about the matching program.

How the Challenge Works

The Bob and Barbara Frick Olin Centennial Challenge will match the following gifts (up to $1.5 million):

  • 1:1 match for any new gifts of $500 or more.
  • 1:1 match for a new, named scholarship gift or pledge at the current minimum of $5,000 or $2,500 for young alumni (available to alumni under age 35 who have graduated in the past five years). You may establish a named, annual scholarship in your name or in honor of a friend or loved one.
  • 2:1 match for multiyear pledges of $1,000 or more.
  • 1:1 match for all gifts or pledges for new or existing Olin Business School endowed scholarships, facilities gifts, or programmatic initiatives. (Maximum match of $100,000 per donor).

All Annual Fund gifts will be recognized with membership in a giving club. Gifts are tax deductible to the extent allowed by US and Canadian law. The challenge ends Dec. 31, 2017.

Click here to make a gift to Olin

For more information, please contact Kent Dunson, associate director of development, at 877-215-2727 or 314-935-8495.

Bob and Barbara Frick are on another cross-country road trip to raise funds and awareness for their hometown Habitat for Humanity East Bay/Silicon Valley  (HEBSV) chapter. Bob, 77, and friend Len Holmes, 73, are cycling the 3,400 miles from the San Francisco Bay Area to Savannah, Georgia, headquarters of Habitat for Humanity International, while Barbara drives the support vehicle.

Bob Frick and Len Holmes

Len Holmes (left) and Bob Frick

The trio set out from San Francisco on May 9 on the trip they call “Cycle of Hope III.”

In 2008, Bob rode 3,300 miles from San Diego, CA to St. Augustine, FL and raised over $80,000 for HEBSV (Cycle of Hope I).

In 2012, Bob and Len biked 3,000 miles across the U.S. following the Lewis and Clark trail from Portland, Oregon to St. Louis, Missouri and raised over $180,000 for HEBSV (Cycle of Hope II).

The Cycle of Hope III goal is to raise $250,000. To make a donation, go to: www.HabitatEBSV.org/CycleOfHope

Join the ride by reading their blog posts here.

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Follow them on Facebook.com/HabitatEBSV

Email: Bob&Len@yahoo.com

Bob Frick, BSCE’60, MBA’62, is a retired Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of Bank of America and actively serves on boards of non-profit and for-profit entities including the Olin National Council and Wash U Board of Trustees. Len Holmes recently retired from a successful 35 year career in the packaging and consulting industry.


Students will be texting and Tweeting that message next Spring, when the doors open to Olin’s new Knight and Bauer Halls where the Frick Forum is located. The multi-purpose, three-story amphitheatre at the heart of the new building complex is being named in honor of generous benefactors, Robert and Barbara Frick. The Fricks have made a $5 million commitment to support the expansion project.

Fricks_044_primary_newThis gift and associated challenges to other donors are the most recent gifts from Bob, BS’60, MBA’62, and Barbara Frick to Washington University. Other important gifts from the Fricks include: the establishment of the Robert and Barbara Frick Professorship in Business, held by Todd R. Zenger, PhD, a specialist in organization and strategy; and named annual scholarships for Olin students. In addition, the Fricks are life patrons of the university’s William Greenleaf Eliot Society.

Bob Frick credits his many personal and professional successes in life in part to great teachers and mentors at his alma mater. The St. Louis native received a full scholarship and graduated in 1960 with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. Another full-tuition scholarship allowed him to earn his master’s in business administration two years later. While at WUSTL, he joined the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) and Beta Theta Pi fraternity.

Read more about the Fricks and their support of Wash U in Olin News.