Edward L. Hutton

In the fall of 2004, Indiana University Bloomington named its Honors College for Edward L. Hutton, an IU alumnus and a prominent philanthropist and businessman from Cincinnati, Ohio.

Hutton, chairman of Chemed Corp. in Cincinnati and chairman of Omnicare Inc., grew up near Bloomington in the town of Bedford, Ind., during the Depression. After earning bachelor's and master's degrees from IU, he served in the U.S. Army in Germany. After the war, he worked in Berlin in the occupational government's Export/Import Division, negotiating trade agreements with several countries to help rebuild the German economy.

Edward L. Hutton Biography

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Hello I'm Curt Simic president emeritus of the foundation during my twenty years in that

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role I had the wonderful experience of spending my time with people who were simply trying

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to do something good for somebody else and in most cases people they never knew in Mr

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Ed Huttons case it was for students at IU Ed was generous and thoughtful man he grew

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up in very humble circumstances in Bedford Indiana but he won a scholarship to IU to

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study in the business school where he had great success at that and when he finished

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he was drafted into the army because it occurred right at the end of World War two He was sent

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to Europe Germany specifically and his job was to gather materials that could be used

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to rebuild Europe after the bombing and all the all the scars of war occurred well he

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was having that experience he realized that he was a small town Indiana kid and he became

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a world citizen almost without his permission and he realized that there were thousands

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of small town kids in the state of Indiana that needed to have some exposure to the larger

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world so he decided that he would make a gift to the university and the income from that

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gift would be used to give students a stipend to encourage them to go overseas and again

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become world citizens Well he did that and he had great success at it and he also had

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the pleasure of students coming back to IU and telling him all about their experience

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and how transformational it was for him. As a result of that gift the university decided

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they would name the Honors College The Hutton Honors College and so the morning after that

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ceremony took place we were driving up to the Honors College headquarters which is two

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little houses on the corner of Seventh and Jordan and he said you know Kurt if it's going

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to have my name on it I'd really rather have a nicer building that would be more inviting

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to the students so Mr. Hutton decided to to pay for the building that we now have at the

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corner of Seventh and Woodlawn of beautiful home for the college when I think of the Ed

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I think of these eight words everywhere we look caring hands have preceded us everywhere

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we look caring hands have preceded us Mr Houghton's Caring Hands have helped to open the world

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to thousands of students and there's no end to the gift.

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There are times that become recognized as defining moments for the world such a time

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was without doubt the end of World War two And for a young man from Bedford Indiana Edward

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Hutton the end of the war became a personal defining moment as well one that would ultimately

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lead to one of the most distinguished business careers in America at W.R. Grace company and

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as the chief executive officer of Chemed Corp in fact Edward Hutton has often said his experience

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serving in the occupational government's Office of trade in Germany following World War two

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was the key to his development as a person and as a successful businessman yet his success

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in business had roots that stretch back to Indiana and the Great Depression

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Well Bedford Indiana was a limestone city just like Bloomington Indiana

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hit probably than any city in the state I know we had the longest relief rolls in the

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States. I was always a hustler in the time of eight

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or nine years old I had a job peddling papers around the square in Bedford and I washed

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dogs the lawns and hauled coal and dumped it in the basement of one of my neighbors

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and using a wheelbarrow and put out a garden in a rather large garden all by myself and

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and I fish not for pleasure but I had crop lines down on the river four hundred hooks

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on them I ran em. I'm twenty four hours a day all summer long I fed the whole neighborhood.

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Edward Hutton worked through its high school years and also proved to be an outstanding

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student. I was elected vice president my class president

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my senior class and at the senior ceremonies I got a lot of awards which I expected but

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I didn't expect to get a county scholarship to IU sometimes in life good things happen

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to you that you don't plan for their I had it and I didn't apply for I hadn't even had

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time to think about it at Indiana University Edward Hutton enjoyed his coursework and proved

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once again to be an outstanding student and toward the end of his time at IU he was presented

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with an opportunity which he accepted but only reluctantly.

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That's when Dean Weimer twisted my arm one day and urged me almost commanded me to take

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a four hour civil service examination. I rebelled I said I don't four hours on a

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Saturday afternoon why I don't want to work for the government

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You don't know that he said. That's very good advice you'd say that to

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a lot of young people you don't know that just wait and see Take it take take it from

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me get yourself a prepared you don't want to might happen

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Have probably saved my life actually turned down.

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I was I took the exam and I guess I did all right they sent me a postcard saying you are

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now qualified to be junior professional economists. Edward Hutton didn't immediately follow up

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messages in the mail One was a letter from the draft board saying wasn?t a letters it

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was a post card and at that time they where letters postcard telling me come in the following

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Monday for a physical I thought well that's it that's what I've been waiting for the there

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one of the telegram I couldn't believe it is from the present United States it said

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it was addressed present of the united states comma Office of Emergency Management It was

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a very flowery telegram it said were a hiring great number of people executives across the

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country were gearing up for the war economy that lies ahead but I looked up the name of

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the chairman of Bloomington draft board and found out where he lived and walked over to

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his house he fortunately was home if he was away on a vacation he didn't own a vacation

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and I couldn't reach him it changed my life totally because once I was drafted the government

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would never try to hire me away he was sitting on the front porch and I walked up and said

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Sir I've got a problem I have two communications I got today in the mail and here they are

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would you read them please and tell me what I should do he read them it took him about

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ten seconds and he said literally he said Hell son if they need you that badly down

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in Washington you send them a telegram today telling them you're coming and as for the

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draft notice or give it to me I'll take care that he tore it up now let's that's really

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a defining moment that's because I took an exam the year before which I didn't want to

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take preparing myself and I call that luck is amazing coincidence those two things would

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come together now I'm in Washington is forty one mass confusion we all knew there was a

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war coming we didn't know when and people were being hired there were no offices for

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people my office was in a brand new apartment building which had not been finished hundreds

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of carpenters running around obviously no desk no offices nothing I was told by the

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personnel director go sightseeing for a week or two don't call us we'll call you when we

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are ready to put you to work. Oh I didn't wait I did that for two or three

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days and thought oh hell I came down here to work there must be something I can do in

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this confusion So I went to see the director personnel for

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the total Office of Emergency Manager I walked in said I'd like a job doing something I'm

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waiting to be called a and he said Well I You're just a guy I'm looking for I need an

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assistant for ninety days he said first of all and I give you a raise right now twenty

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six hundred dollars for showing some initiative is only I mean I?d been there a week boy it's

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going to be easy getting I have this government Edward Hutton soon enlisted in the Army and

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when the war ended he volunteered for service in Europe with the occupation forces I got

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on the plane for the first time in my life left the country for the first time in my 09:35 life and ended up in Paris Hurst Germany Berlin. Again mass confusion just like there was had

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been in Washington you know when there's mass confusion like that there's a lot of opportunity

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around for a somebody takes initiative again they told me the same story get lost and go

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sight seeing we'll call you when we got a place for you and that I walked up and down

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the halls of the I found a sign that I liked it said economic intelligence God that sounds

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fantastic for a kid from southern Indiana. It said

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And it was the director's name was that of the dean of the School of Business here in

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the in the east forgot which school it was I walked in and said I like to go to work

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and he said You're just the guy you're looking for so I became his staff of one and he sent

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me down to what we called an intelligence collection center down in the middle of Germany

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and there I interviewed German government officials and who had handled Germany's foreign

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trade from his initial work interviewing German officers Edward Hutton gained an in-depth

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knowledge of German trade and soon began running import and export operations for Germany I

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had a work ethic that wouldn't stop I worked every day long hours Saturdays three or four

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hours on Sunday you do that to a certain extent to make an impression on everybody but you

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also in my case I just felt I was obligation if I was going to be in Germany and away from

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my family it was up to me to work and learn something and it really paid off in a big

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way following the war Edward Hutton seized many opportunities putting his expertise in

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important and export business to work and played a major role in reshaping the W.R.

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Grace company for post from war recess and through his experiences in post-war Germany

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through his distinguished career in international business Edward Hutton has come to recognize

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the value of a global outlook in both business and culture through the years his unwavering

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support of Indiana University has earned him the respect and admiration of many in the

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IU community accordingly in the fall of two thousand and four the IU Honors College was

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renamed Indiana University and the Indiana University Foundation gratefully acknowledge

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the vision and contributions of Edward L. Hutton his advocacy on behalf of higher education

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makes him a exemplar of stewardship and commitment in honor of his continuing support of the

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honors college will here after be known as the Edward L Hutton Honors college at Indiana

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University Bloomington because of his desire to promote international understanding Edward

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L Hutton has left a gift that not only benefits IU students but also helps many people all

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over the world the Edward L Hutton international experiences program was established to enable

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Indiana University students to expand their outlook by pursuing academic service internship

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or research opportunities the world over the program provides an invaluable opportunity

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for IU students to develop a global view of an ever changing world.

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My name is Shahin Saberi I'm studying neuroscience biology and Spanish originally from Fishers

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Indiana I was born and raised in Indiana so I went to Alicante Spain and I also travel

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to a variety of locations in Spain like San Sebastian, Seville, and Toledo.

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One of the greatest parts of being abroad is not just from a specific program that your

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in academics wise internship wise but just the people being able to interact with people

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who you wouldn't be able to interact with back home you learn so much being able to

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empathize with people who come from different countries and being able to interact with

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them on a more compassionate level I really found love with Hispanic culture and I take

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that back home I change my Spanish minor to Spanish major specifically in majoring in

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Hispanic studies so I would say kind of confirm the fact that I want to go into health policy

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because I have always spent my life thinking out how to affect the change for the most

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amount of people possible and I find that from the top down level through policymaking

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I could do that and the program allowed me to learn in gain an international health care

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perspective which is one of the most common ways of studying health care systems as and

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to learn how to best modify the one that back home to make it fit the population is though

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studying international health care systems and this program offered me the opportunity

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and I definitely plan on taking that into the future in my career I was abroad in London

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England for the year for my entire junior year and it's just an entirely different social

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experience the way that people in England socialize is very different here and it's

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really cool to be a part of it for a while and to get to know those people having any

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time internationally abroad is really important to an individual just like personally to grow

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up and to realize the world is bigger than they actually understand I think definitely

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changes the way that I walk through my life today I'm still trying to figure out how to

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be an adult but I think being a abroad did help with that So my name is Jonathan Van

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Hecke I'm a senior and my major is in French and finance two different programs Kelly and

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college of art and sciences so last fall was in Milan Italy on an exchange program from

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the Kelly school of business the university was Boccioni university and they have a lot

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of museums like a lot of museums and collections so I did that a lot I went to churches being

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among so much art and esthetic beauty packed in weekend after weekend after weekend made

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me realize that that was something that I would want I want to work in it and someday

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become a professor and try to share that same feeling with the students making a difference

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through increasing the understanding of people and cultures around the world this is both

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the personal experience and personal vision of Edward Hutton a vision that he is sharing

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with Indiana University students through the international experiences program.

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Young people can work miracles given the opportunity and the tools to work with they can accomplish

The experience profoundly changed my life, so much so that I've always held that those years of living and working abroad were the key to my development as a person and success as a businessman.

Edward L. Hutton, on his international experience