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The IUPUI University Library remembers with deep appreciation, Robert L. Payton.

Among many other accomplishments, Mr. Payton established the Joseph and Matthew Payton Philanthropic Studies Library at the IUPUI University Library, where students and practitioners of Philanthropy can find resources and expertise to help prepare themselves for lives of service.

In this space, we invited Bob Payton’s students, colleagues and friends to share their reflections on his ideas and work in the field of Philanthropy.

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  • From Andrew on Friday, October 14, 2011 - 17:14
    Payton was a smart and true visionary. Enjoyed the time under his leadership way back. As you can see, working now in germany for a nice company with Internet Marketing expertise. Thanks for the good times in indiana.Regards Andrew
  • From Angela Seaworth on Friday, September 30, 2011 - 10:14
    I was working in the Development Office at the University of Chicago and contemplating whether or not to pursue a doctoral program when an alumnus name came across my desk: Robert Payton.  Reading his title was my introduction to the Center on Philanthropy and, upon further research, I learned...
  • From Edmund Byrne on Wednesday, September 28, 2011 - 09:23
    During my days as an active adjunct prof, Philanthropic Studies was Bob Payton. To me he embodied everything good that this non-traditional multi-discipline strives to be. So I felt fortunate to be on the campus committee that endorsed his case for tenure. His days in our midst will live on as...
  • From Lynn Yates on Friday, September 23, 2011 - 17:12
    I was fortunate to meet Bob and Polly as a young attorney, and even more so to be enfolded in their friendship.   They were great builders of relationships.  I must begin by saying that Polly's quiet departure, while characteristic, deprived us of the...
  • From Charles R. Stephens on Wednesday, September 21, 2011 - 12:51
    I shall be forever grateful to Robert Payton for giving me the initial opportunity to serve The Center on Philanthropy as its Development Officer.  My term of service covered five years and three executive directors including Bob Payton.  Though I had been a development professional for...
  • From Yuan Cheng on Monday, September 19, 2011 - 12:14
    Everytime I read Payton, I am just rejuvenated! My passion to philanthropy is brought back by the inspiring words by Mr. Robert Payton. He makes me belive the imagination and action we can make to change the world. He also makes me believe that we are connected to the world and the greatest wisdoms...
  • From Anita Plotinsky on Sunday, September 18, 2011 - 17:01
    Bob Payton was fond of saying that when he commuted to his job as president of Hofstra University in the wee hours of the morning, he was the only guy on the train in a suit. At the Center on Philanthropy in 1989, he was always at his desk when I arrived around 7:00 a.m.  By then, he was...
  • From Theresa Hwang on Sunday, September 18, 2011 - 10:05
    Mr. Payton was a giant in the field of philanthropy and social justice, and a remarkable individual who lived a kind of wholeness of life that would inspire poets. His life story is inspiring – from his paratrooping and jazz club playing days to his ambassadorial post in Cameroon, and building...
  • From Smita Vadakekalam - JAF alumn on Thursday, September 15, 2011 - 15:07
    Mr. Payton, The one-year fellowship was the first time I learned “for the sake of learning.” It may seem like such a novel concept, but that year I was introduced to a world where every topic -- science, philosophy, religion, politics, math, anything under the sun – was somehow related to...
  • From Dwight Burlingame on Thursday, September 15, 2011 - 12:52
    In about 1986 I met RLP at a conference in New York and my life was to be changed four years later when he recruited me to join the staff of the COP,  which was engaged in an exciting venture to change education of philanthropy in higher education.    He truly was a mentor and...