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Greater Dayton


This club is – to the best of our knowledge—the fourth club to call Dayton, Ohio its home. In the 1910’s a group of Purdue alumni gathered; in 1919 they sent Purdue a resolution by airplane (piloted by the first Purdue graduate to land at Purdue) calling for the University to establish a School of Aviation Engineering at Purdue. In the 1960s, a group of alumni gathered together at the Barnsider Restaurant; the proprietor was a big Purdue fan and has been recognized by Al Stewart and President Hovde. And again, in the 1970s or early 1980s a group of alumni formed a club that eventually died out.

The current club was established in the late 1987. In 1998, under the leadership of Phi Fretz, the club incorporated itself, rewrote its bylaws and applied to the IRS for recognition as a 501(c) 3 public charity. The club was granted that status in 1999 and today still operates under the same bylaws.


Applications are due by March 1 and will be awarded on or before May 1 for the upcoming academic year.

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We hope to hear from you soon! Hail Purdue!


You can now purchase Alumni Club of Greater Dayton merchandise at the official Purdue for Life Foundation merchandise store. Offerings include branded shirts and outerwear for men and women, plus hats, blankets, tumblers, and more! Please note that you will be purchasing from Freckles Graphics, a preferred partner for merchandise.

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Patsy J. Mellott

BS College of Health and Human Sciences, 1969
Fishers, IN

Patsy earned a bachelor’s degree in food and nutrition in business from Purdue in 1969, in addition to an MBA in food marketing from Michigan State University in 1970. She retired from Kraft Foods in 2006 after 36 years in corporate food marketing and marketing communications management.

A community volunteer, Patsy serves on the Women’s Fund of Central Indiana Advisory Board and the Purdue College of Health and Human Sciences Dean’s Leadership Council, in addition to the President’s Council Advisory Board. She is a former member of the Health and Human Sciences Alumni Board. Patsy held several offices from 2006 through 2013, including president and treasurer. She serves her community’s Discover Indianapolis Club in Fishers, holding several leadership roles for over 10 years.

Patsy has received several honors, including the Purdue University Nutrition Science Department Hall of Fame recipient in 2009 and the Purdue University College of Health and Human Sciences Distinguished Alumni Award in 2016. She also received the college’s Gold and Black Award in 2016, an honor reserved for donors who have moved the college forward by committing exceptional financial resources.

In addition to endowing two scholarships, the Patsy J. Mellott Scholarship and Patsy J. Mellott HHS Scholarship, she established the Patsy J. Mellott Teaching Innovation Award in the College of Health and Human Sciences in 2013. In 2015, she endowed the Patsy J. Mellott Women’s Tennis Coach Performance Award. She is a lead donor in the Christine M. Ladisch Faculty Leadership Award and the Purdue Women’s Network Virginia C. Meredith Scholarship for the College of Health and Human Sciences.