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Photo: Obert Undem [photo credit: Dave M. Shumway]

Obert Undem retires as RMC director of planned giving after 19 years

BILLINGS, December 2, 2014 – After 19 years of dedication and hard work, Obert Undem has announced his retirement from Rocky Mountain College. Undem has been the director of planned giving for RMC since September 1995. In his career with Rocky, Undem has heObert Undemlped to significantly increase the College’s endowment fund. 

“It has been devoted donors, alumni, and friends who offered students an option for an excellent education that they couldn’t otherwise attain without financial help,” said Undem of the dedicated supporters of Rocky Mountain College who have helped contribute to the endowment.

Undem is a fourth-generation Montanan, who grew up in the midst of the Great Depression and World War II. He attended school in a one-room country school house in Glendive, Mont. Undem said that during those challenging times, he learned the meaning of a dollar and the privilege of an education.

He excelled in his classes and went on to receive a B.A. degree in 1957 from Carleton College in Minnesota, graduating cum laude. Undem furthered his education by attaining his M.B.A. from Harvard University School of Business Administration and his J.D. degree from William Mitchell College of Law.

In May 2010, Undem was honored by Rocky Mountain College with an Honorary Doctorate in Public Service.

Undem has been active in many community programs as well, serving as a past board member of Carleton College, a founding Trustee for Billings Community Foundation, and the director of the Institute for Peace Studies at Rocky Mountain College. In 2008, Undem was the recipient of the Outstanding Professional Fundraiser of the Year, which was awarded by the Montana Chapter of the Association of Professional Fundraisers.

During his time at RMC, Undem has participated as a lecturer, spokesman, and panel member for planned giving education in a number of professional and nonprofit events.

“Obert has proven that endowment is more than just dollars and cents – it’s about relationships,” said RMC President Dr. Robert Wilmouth. “He has been a large part of Rocky’s mission to provide an excellent education for many students.”

A retirement reception will be held on December 2, 2014, from 4:00-6:00 p.m. in the Great Room of Prescott Hall.