Mo Ostin,

Mo Ostin, 1927–2022
Mo Ostin, 1927–2022

As chairman and CEO of Warner Bros. Records, Mo Ostin shaped decades of popular music, leaving a legacy for us all to share. A major gift from Mo and his wife Evelyn funded the construction of the Evelyn and Mo Ostin Music Center, designed to provide students with access to the latest advances in music technology. The Ostins provided support for the School of Music’s Music Partnership Program. In addition, Mo was an active force for the Dean’s Board of Advisors. We will always cherish his passion and partnership.

“Mo Ostin was deeply beloved at the school of music, where he was a treasured board colleague and a good friend. He believed in letting artists be artists and he empowered their voices. His philosophy resonates deeply with our mission, which he helped nurture, shape and craft into reality. We are all deeply grateful to have known him and to have been inspired by him.”

- Eileen L. Strempel, Inaugural Dean

“Mo was surely one of the music industry’s most beloved figures — a man known for his deep respect for the artistic process and his willingness to take risks — but he was also a deep believer in the transformative power of UCLA. He and Evelyn helped our university build one of the top music programs in the country, and their support extended to athletics, medicine and other areas. He was a wonderful friend and a true Bruin.”

- Chancellor Gene Block

In memoriam: alumnus Mo Ostin, 95, music industry legend and philanthropist