University Library Honors Robert and Pauline Payton

Robert and Pauline Payton were honored by the IUPUI University Library at the 2009 IUPUI Spirit of Philanthropy Awards on April 22.

Mr. & Mrs. Payton have been lifelong friends not only of the IUPUI University Library, but also of the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University and the IUPUI School of Liberal Arts.  In 1989, the Paytons helped to found a library for the study of philanthropy within the University Library.  The library is named for two of the Paytons' sons who were both deeply engaged in "voluntary action for the public good" and died before their time, one barely 18, the other 33 years of age.  Mr. & Mrs. Payton's unwavering support has helped transform the Joseph and Matthew Payton Philanthropic Studies Library into an internationally renowned resource for the study of philanthropy.  Mr. Payton is professor emeritus of philanthropic studies at Indiana University, director emeritus of the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University, and senior fellow at the Institute of American Thought.  He served as the director of the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University from 1988 to 1993.  Mr. & Mrs. Payton have been together for 61 years.