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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 Robert Ashcraft on Wednesday, September 14, 2011 - 17:07
    Every time I was ever privileged enough to be in Bob's company meant my being a student while learning from the consummate teacher. I am testimony to the fact that Bob's influence and mentorship extends far beyond those who could call him a personal friend and/or colleague. My colleagues and I are...
  • From Colette Murray on Wednesday, September 14, 2011 - 16:23
    Bob....you have been a mentor and inspiration to me. Thanks for making a difference in my life!
  • From Peter McE. Buchanan on Monday, September 12, 2011 - 10:36
    As a college president, foundation executive, scholar, and friend, I remember most Bob's leadership of one of Columbia's University's famous University Seminars; he chaired the University Seminar on Philanthropy.  At the time, he was most concerned about the philanthropic response by the...
  • From Marty Sulek on Friday, September 9, 2011 - 10:06
    I first encounted professor Payton at a student orientation event in 1998. He conducted an exercise that exquisitely elicited the ideas of the new students of philanthropy sitting around the table, and that launched a fascinating discussion. Afterward, I asked Melissa Grider how to sign up for a...
  • From Rich Steinberg on Wednesday, September 7, 2011 - 16:36
    Bob brought me to IUPUI in 1991 to join with the Center as a member of the Department of Economics.  But I had met him years earlier, when he was with the Exxon Education Foundation attending an Independent Sector Spring Research Forum where I was presenting my work on optimal fundraising....
  • From Rita Bornstein on Tuesday, September 6, 2011 - 12:23
    I first knew Bob when he was with the Exxon Foundation and continued my relationship with him when he went to Indiana University to launch the Center on Philanthropy. Bob was always challenging both practitioners and scholars to define philanthropy and examine its historical and literary roots...
  • From Salvatore Alaimo on Monday, September 5, 2011 - 22:31
    Robert Payton was, and continues to be, a great influence in my work and my life in many ways.  My fondest memories of him were when he was one of our professors for the PhD seminar Ethical, Moral, and Religious Aspects of Philanthropy, and also when he invited all of the PhD students to his...
  • From Evan Weissman on Sunday, September 4, 2011 - 11:59
    He got this young anarchist into Cicero and planning for a good Old Age. We agreed on music and argued over politics. He was a deep-thinking man and most of all caring. I have the feeling something is missing now in the world: a void we must all attempt to fill.
  • From Tim Seiler on Wednesday, August 31, 2011 - 10:50
     Bob had a remarkable career, but I remember him most for his humanity.Bob and I shared an experience that we probably would rather not have had.  As fathers we lost children prematurely--Bob two sons, I a daughter.Among my fondest memories of Bob are his teaching me how to cope with...
  • From Cathlene Williams on Tuesday, August 30, 2011 - 08:06
    Is there anyone else in the world who keeps a list of the seven deadly sins and the seven virtues in his wallet?  What kind of man does that?  A man who thinks, who wrestles with big questions, who challenges others to do the same.  Robert Payton was a giant in the nonprofit world....