The Cable Center in Denver will rename its endowment after Beverly O’Brien, the center’s fund-raising vice president, who died May 8, CEO Bob Russo said Thursday.
O’Brien, 55, signed on at the nascent Cable Center in 1997 as the next stage in a fund-raising career that had made previous stops at universities in Minnesota and Missouri. “Bev was passionate about her work,” Russo said while en route to O’Brien’s funeral in Bryan, Texas. “She loved our donors, they loved her.”
He added that the center’s executive committee voted to rename the major general endowment the “Beverly O’Brien Endowment of the Third Millennium.” The expected $40 million endowment will “really ensure the operation of the center in perpetuity,” Russo said.
O’Brien, who was senior VP of marketing and development at the Cable Center, is survived by family members who include her husband, Michael J. O’Brien of Columbia, Mo., two sons and a daughter.