AARP Texas Presents Ollie Besteiro with 2016 Andrus Award

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AUSTIN – AARP is honoring a Rio Grande Valley native for her community service. AARP announced Olivia “Ollie” Besteiro was selected for their 2016 Texas Andrus Award for Community Service.

The award is given to those who embody the association’s goal of bringing lifetimes of experience and leadership to serve all generations.

Besteiro is an Austin resident and was born in Edinburg. She volunteered with AARP as the association’s Texas president from 2009 to 2015. Her role as state president involved making health care more available and affordable. She also worked to make communities throughout Texas more livable for people of all ages and abilities on issues pertaining to housing, transportation and support services for seniors.

AARP Texas Director Bob Jackson said, “Her lifelong commitment to working for the betterment of all people embodies the spirit of service that is at the core of the AARP mission.”

Besteiro started her career in 1957 as an elementary school teacher and taught in Brownsville for 29 years. She served on the board of the Texas State Teachers Association and in 1989 she became the first Hispanic female to be elected to president of a state education association. Bestiero was married to the late Dr. Albert Besteiro, the former president of Texas Southmost College in Brownsville.