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About PURA

Welcome to the Web Site of the Purdue University Retirees Association

PURA membersWhether you are a Purdue retiree, the spouse of a retiree, or just a visitor to our Web site, we hope you will take a few moments to explore it and learn about our organization, its structure, and its activities.

Of approximately 4,700 Purdue retirees, two-thirds have remained in the Greater Lafayette area to maintain their close ties with the University, their friends and the community.

Some have moved on to other locations on a permanent basis; still others go elsewhere during the winter, but return each spring to reconnect with their Purdue colleagues and friends.

Wherever they are, they can maintain active contact with us through this Web site and the links it provides to information about PURA and its activities.

Greetings from Our PURA President

Melinda Bain, PURA president 2016-17

2016-2017 is a milestone year for the Purdue University Retirees Association (PURA).  Celebrating its 40th Anniversary, PURA was created in 1976 by then President Arthur G. Hansen as the President’s Advisory Council on Retirement (PACR).  In 2003 bylaws were adopted that changed the name to the Purdue University Retirees Association and secured a source of annual funding from the University.  With the spirit of the founding members and the establishment of this formal relationship with the University, PURA has forged itself into today’s organization.

Seventy-five individuals make up the governing board and committees of PURA. They negotiate Medicare supplement programs, communicate through monthly newsletters, organize local and distant trips, facilitate speakers for monthly business and educational meetings, develop programing for the popular Purposefully Living in Retirement Conference, plan the well- attended fall Kickoff Luncheon, and provide hospitality at all events.  We celebrate them!!!

I am delighted to be associated with such an outstanding group of individuals who give unselfishly of their time, talents and expertise to make this organization exactly what those who retired before 1976 wanted PACR/ PURA to be – opportunities to gather for educational programs and fellowship and to strengthen communication with the University.

Happy Anniversary,

Melinda Bain
PURA President

Organizational information

PURA Policies and Procedure Manual

The PURA Policy and Procedure Manual contains a wealth of information about PURA's history, bylaws, executive board, committees, benefits, and awards.

Current Executive Board


Arthur G. Hansen Award Nomination Form

Read more about the Hansen Award in the PURA Policies and Procedure Manual.


Benefits are discussed further in the PURA Policies and Procedure Manual.