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Southwest Florida


The club is a great way to connect with other local Purdue alumni in Punta Gorda, Fort Myers and Naples!

In 1976, under the direction of Joe Rudolph, then Executive Director of PAA, and the local support of Nate and Jane Paulus and Edward Elliott of Florida, the annual Jack Mollenkopf Classic was initiated on Marco Island, Florida, Professional Golfer Gene Sarazan played in the FIRST Classic. The Purdue Club of Southwest Florida (PCSWF) was formed soon after and has been successfully run under the direction of various Club Presidents and the never ending support of PAA, PMO and JPC. In 1978 Nate Paulus initiated the Purdue vs. IU Golf outing and in l980 it became the Big Three with Notre Dame alumni joining at the Marco Island Country Club. Golf Outings and the January annual meetings have been hosted at various locations along the SW coast of Florida. Historically there has been a Spring Luncheon and Social gatherings to view Football and Basketball games in the Fall and Winter. An evening at the Naples Dinner Theatre or the Naples Philharmonic Center for the Arts is usually on the Club’s Social Calendar each year. It is always a real treat when SW Florida honored with special visits by University dignitaries from the Administration, PMO, Specific Schools, the Athletic Dept. and especially The Purdue Glee Club. Several of Purdue’s Presidents have been our guests/featured speakers.

Help Needed!

  • We would like to increase the involvement of all our alums and friends in SW Florida; please reach out with any ideas and areas you’d like our Club to be engaged in.  As well, let us know what you’d like to be involved in.  We appreciate it!  Please reach out to George at
  • Fundraising at our Club events for Purdue scholarships remains an integral part of our mission.  This season, we will combine 75/25 raffles with silent auctions as a fun and effective way to raise funds.  We would greatly appreciate your donation of a product or service that other alums may be interested in. Please contact George at


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

We hope to hear from you soon! Hail Purdue!

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Tribute to Ed Elliott

Former Purdue basketball player and longtime John Purdue Club member Edward Elliott passed away at the age of 92 on October 17, 2007. Elliott, the son of former Purdue University President and athletics director Edward C. Elliott, died in Naples, FL, following a brief illness. The elder Elliott served as president from 1922 to 1945 and as acting athletic director in 1940. He was inducted posthumously into the Purdue Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame in 2001. Ed Elliott was a center for the Boilermakers from 1934 to 1936 playing, for Hall of Fame coach Ward Lambert. Purdue was Big Ten champions in 1934 and co-champs in ’35 and ’36.Elliott was instrumental in the formation of the Mollenkopf Classic in Naples in 1977. The golf outing and dinner annually attracts upwards of 400 Purdue fans and John Purdue Club members. “Ed was a walking encyclopedia of Purdue athletics and as loyal a Boilermaker as there was,” athletics director Morgan J. Burke said. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to Sally, the children, the grandchildren and the entire family. He touched so many lives during his long and prosperous time with us.”

Your Club has established the Edward Elliott Scholarship Fund in 2011 at Purdue University for selected students from Southwest Florida. All Scholarship funds raised by our club goes into the Edward Elliott Scholarship Fund.


You can now purchase Alumni Club of Southwest Florida 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.