Three Generations of Giving

The Farrell Family (’48, ’78, ’14)

"Anderson was a truly transformative experience for me, and I feel a strong sense of gratitude and responsibility to give back."
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In December 2005, Brian Farrell ('78) presented his parents with a special holiday gift, honoring them both. "Mom looked at the box and said, 'What is it? It doesn’t look like a kitchen utensil!'" reminisces Brian about that moment. Inside was a plaque that read, "The Jack and Arlyn Farrell Student Fellowship." "My wife, Denise, and I just felt this was right," says Brian. "Dad set the example early on, and it’s been great to follow in his footsteps."

Indeed, UCLA Anderson has always been a huge part of the Farrell family. Arlyn received her undergraduate business degree in 1948. Her late husband, John (known to many as "Jack"), served in the Army, then returned and received his MBA in '50. Jack went on to serve as an adjunct professor, a founding member of the UCLA/Shanghai Institute of Finance and Economics and president of the UCLA Alumni Association. "My husband started making gifts to the university before there was even an Anderson School," says Arlyn. "UCLA has just always been part of our lives." So, it's not surprising their son Glenn ('79) is also an Anderson graduate.

"The academics at Anderson are world-class," says Brian, who retired as president and CEO of software publisher THQ. "Add to that the alumni and community involvement and the unique, team-oriented culture here, and that's what sets Anderson apart." Brian has been commencement speaker, received the 2010 Outstanding Alumni Service Award, served on the Price Center for Entrepreneurial Studies board, including a term as chairman, and teaches at Anderson. "One of the things I always tell my students is that they need to commit to giving back — not just money, but also time," he says.

His daughter Natalie ('14) just received her Anderson MBA. "I heard a lot from my father about the impact Anderson had on his life," says Natalie, who was actively involved in numerous student organizations. "Anderson was a truly transformative experience for me, and I feel a strong sense of gratitude and responsibility to give back." Brian couldn't be any prouder of passing on the example set by his own father. "Dad was active in a lot of things," says Brian. "But UCLA was always his number one priority in time and giving."