Wednesday, November 18, was a memorable and unique day for Allan Frostrom ’62 and his wife, Yjordis.
They were guests of honor as Lecture Hall I on the first floor of California Western’s 350 building was formally unveiled as the Allan and Yjordis Frostrom Lecture Hall.
The special ceremony and the naming of one of the law school’s most prominent and substantial spaces was in recognition of the Frostroms’ many years of loyal support and dedication to California Western and most notably a substantial bequest that will establish an endowed scholarship fund in their names.
“Little did I know that my mother’s suggestion to enroll at a small San Diego law school back in the sixties would have such a fundamental and meaningful impact on my life,” said Allan. “I was fortunate to study at Cal Western under Dean Robert Castetter, and the education and practical skills I received were truly life-changing.”
Originally from the Midwest, the Frostroms met and married in Phoenix and headed for San Diego just one day after their wedding in 1960, arriving in time for Allan’s second year at California Western. Yjordis worked full time at U.S. National Bank to cover the bills and enable Allan to concentrate on his legal studies.
“California Western prepared me well,” recalled Allan. “On graduation, I was ready to jump straight into the corporate world with confidence, and I soon secured a job with Travelodge, a motel company based in El Cajon.”
It was during this time that he and Yjordis raised their two sons, Stephen and Eric. He stayed with Travelodge for more than 20 years, rising to the position of secretary and corporate counsel during the time Travelodge became part of a major international hotel company based in the U.K.
Allan was also active at the San Diego Convention and Visitors Bureau (now San Diego Tourism Authority), serving as a member of the board of directors and becoming board president.
After his years in tourism, he was involved in administering and becoming the final trustee in the bankruptcy that resulted from the infamous J. David Dominelli Ponzi scheme. Following that, Allan, Yjordis, and Allan’s mother, Elsie, formed Mission Gorge Realty in 1995. The company managed property of all kinds from Oceanside to Eastlake and represented owners in leasing industrial and commercial properties, primarily in the Mission Gorge area.
California Western and the Frostrom family have been intertwined for more than half a century. Allan and Yjordis have regularly kept in touch with the school, participating in alumni events as well as being generous donors. Their daughter-in-law, Karen Frostrom, is a proud 1999 alumna.
Strong in their faith and Midwestern values, Allan and Yjordis believe in the power of education and the importance of giving back. It is in this spirit that they made their bequest, that when realized, will be used to establish the Frostrom Family Scholarship Fund at California Western. This bequest will also be recognized as part of California Western’s Centennial Campaign.
Believed to be the largest planned gift in California Western’s history, the fund will provide law students with substantial scholarship benefits in perpetuity.
“The decision for Allan to go to California Western was one that we were both committed to,” said Yjordis. “The opportunities it afforded made an indelible mark on us, and this scholarship is our way of offering future law students a helping hand. We hope they will realize that someone unknown to them had faith in their abilities and chose to help them succeed, and that this will inspire them throughout their lives and careers.”
“We are deeply grateful to Allan and Yjordis Frostrom for their dedication and generosity to California Western over the years,” said California Western’s President and Dean Sean Scott. “It is a privilege for the school to name Lecture Hall I for Allan and Yjordis and to showcase their public support and participation to the California Western community. The Frostroms’ significant bequest will serve as a prominent example of how alumni and other donors can establish a lasting legacy at California Western and attract and retain the most promising students. Thank you.”
Summing up the couple’s intentions with this substantial bequest, Yjordis humbly concluded, “We both feel that it’s just the right thing to do.”