Nurturing the Tradition of Tufts Athletics for Future Jumbos
In 1963, sophomore Bob Mastrovita, a Tufts football player, met Poppy Gerard—"the true love of my life," he says—on a study date at Eaton Library. The two married shortly after graduation. "One of our daughters, Mandy, attended Tufts and had a wonderful experience, and our granddaughter Emma is flourishing there," says Bob.
A retired investment manager, Bob served on the Tufts Board of Trustees and the Alumni Council. Poppy, a multisport athlete, earned degrees from both Tufts and Bouvé College, then spent her career teaching and coaching. Steadfast contributors for many years, the Mastrovitas recently named Tufts as the beneficiary of their IRA to support Tufts Athletics.
"Athletics has served us so well in our lives," says Poppy, "and we want to share that experience with other Jumbos." Bob adds that sports can help Tufts students cultivate "skills that will serve them throughout their lives," including perseverance, discipline, and teamwork. "We are passionate about supporting all the robust athletic opportunities at Tufts. This gift was our chance to do that."