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A Grateful Investment In the Future


When Gregory Lyden '82, a founder and executive vice president at Abacus Capital, and his wife, Catherine Tormey, began to think about their estate planning, they agreed that providing carefully considered instructions for the distribution of their accumulated assets would be beneficial and wise. "If something were to befall us, we want to leave behind a clear definition of how our estate is to be handled," Lyden says.

Grateful for the impact of his education throughout his life, Lyden named Bryant a beneficiary of a 10-percent share of the assets in their estate plan. "Bryant prepared me extremely well for my career," explains Lyden, specifically noting the liberal arts courses that honed his ability to write clearly and articulate positions effectively. "I'll always be grateful for that. I also was encouraged to be very entrepreneurial and think outside the box. That guided my career and ultimately helped me form a very successful company."

With their bequest intention, Lyden and Tormey join the more than 140 members of Bryant's 1863 Society who have invested in Bryant through an estate plan or life income gift. Lyden believes that the continuation of Bryant's mission should be important to all alumni. "I have many classmates whose children have attended Bryant and I am heartened by that generational aspect." he says. "I feel our bequest gift is an extension of that. This kind of gift helps ensure Bryant will be a vibrant organization for generations to come. I think we can all take pride in that."

Learn about the ways that your planned gift to Bryant can help create a lasting legacy for future generations of students. For more information, please visit or contact Bryant University (ask to speak to a gift officer) at 877-353-5667 or

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