Payton Memorial Guestbook

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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 Ed Holbrook on Monday, August 29, 2011 - 10:33
    It was a regret to learn of the passing of Robert L. Payton. I met Robert at ELI which was one of the pinnacle experiences of my career in philanthropy. His gracious leadership as he took us through ELI was always evident, and it was truly wonderful to spend time thinking about the "why" of our...
  • From Gene Tempel on Monday, August 22, 2011 - 14:17
    No single individual is more responsible for the university level programs related to philanthropic studies, civic engagement, and nonprofit management than Bob Payton.  As a member of INDEPENDENT SECTOR's Research Committee, he pioneered and championed the concept of university-based studies...
  • From Les Lenkowsky on Monday, August 15, 2011 - 16:14
    By the time he turned his attention to philanthropy, Robert L. Payton, who died last week in Scottsdale, Arizona, at the age of 84, had already pursued a remarkable career.He had been a jazz musician, a writer and editor, president of two universities, a State Department official, and ambassador to...