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Planned & Estate Gifts

Do more than you thought possible.

With a planned gift, you can provide for your loved ones, receive tax benefits, and generate income while helping Purdue deliver higher education at the highest proven value. It’s never too early to think about creating a future gift. In fact, more than 2,000 alumni and friends have already demonstrated their Purdue pride through a planned gift. Those who provide us written confirmation of their intent enjoy membership in our R.B. Stewart Society.

You don’t have to be a certain age or extremely wealthy to leave a legacy. You just need a plan, and you’ve come to the right place to learn more. Our expert team is here to help you make a lasting impact on our University. If we can be of assistance to you and your advisors, see below for contact information.

ResponsibilitiesContact Information
AnnuitiesJeanne Butler
BequestsJeanne Butler
Deferred GiftsJeanne Butler
Estates and/or PlanningJeanne Butler
Financial GuideJeanne Butler
IRA RolloverJeanne Butler
Life Estate GiftJeanne Butler
Life Insurance PaymentsDJ Layton
Life Insurance Payments (Alternate)Jeanne Butler
Living TrustsJeanne Butler
R.B. Stewart SocietyJeanne Butler
Real Estate GiftsMarcus Knotts
Remainder Trusts (CRAT)Jeanne Butler
Remainder Unitrusts (CRUT)Jeanne Butler
Scholarship FundingMarcus Knotts
Scholarship Funding (Alternate)Danielle Hollingsworth
Scholarships – NewMarcus Knotts
Scholarships – New (Alternate)Danielle Hollingsworth
Set Up an EndowmentDanielle Hollingsworth


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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.