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Drs. Marianne and Stephen Ash

Leaving a print on animal and human health

After 12 years of planning, the dream of a new Purdue veterinary teaching hospital is close to coming true, and Boilermakers are setting the pace in launching the next generation of veterinary care.

The current hospital’s caseload has grown by more than 50% over the last eight years, and the new $108 million complex, which needs $8 million in private support, will better equip Purdue’s College of Veterinary Medicine (PVM)—the only veterinary school in Indiana and one of four in the U.S. that trains the entire veterinary team—to meet demand.

“The teaching hospital is a priceless resource that produces a stunning return on investment for the people of Indiana,” says Dean Willie Reed. “It also supports vital areas of research across our campus, ranging from cancer drug discovery to the development of treatments for paralysis that benefit both animals and humans.”

As PVM wraps up its 60th anniversary, the college is inviting Boilermakers and friends to get involved by supporting the Pacesetter initiative, which is nearing its goal of receiving 60 leadership gifts to kick off and build the foundation for the upcoming Leave a Print fundraising campaign.

“We feel strongly that the veterinary disciplines supported by PVM are critical to solving some of tomorrow’s greatest challenges,” say President’s Council members and PVM Pacesetters Drs. Marianne (DVM ’77) and Stephen Ash.

“We hope for our children and future generations that our gifts will have contributed to a more peaceful world that is committed to healthier pets and people.”

Visit or contact Tanya Finkbiner, 765-494-5032, to learn more.

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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.