Elliott Alumni House is named in honor of Chapman Alumni Tom and Pat Elliott, whose leadership gift helped make its purchase and renovation possible. Elliott Alumni House was dedicated during Homecoming 2011 in conjunction with the celebration of Chapman University's 150th anniversary.
Pat has been actively involved on campus for many years. She served as president of the Alumni Association from 1987-1989 and is currently serving on the Alumni Association Board as a member of the executive committee.
Pat is a member of Town & Gown, and along with her husband and Chapman sweetheart, Tom, is a member of the Chapman Heritage Society. Tom and Pat served as co-chairs of the Chapman Alumni Fund from 1960 through 1970.
A native of Orange County, Pat received her high school diploma from Orange Union High School the last year it was located on what is now the Chapman campus. After 33 years as an educator, she retired from the Garden Grove School District. During her tenure she taught several primary grades while also teaching summer continuing education classes for teachers at Cal State Fullerton and Chapman University.
In the early years of American Celebration, Pat created its beautiful floral arrangements, and she now provides the arrangements for Town & Gown’s Lunch at the Forum.
Tom held several management positions in the automotive industry for more than 20 years. He retired after 17 years in the Aerospace Division of the Boeing Company.
Tom and Pat generously established the Bernice Brashear Beasley Memorial Scholarship in honor of Tom's aunt to assist students who demonstrate vocal talent and financial need within Chapman's College of Performing Arts.
The couple has been very supportive of Chapman's exciting expansion, contributing as founding donors to Marybelle and Sebastian P. Musco Center for the Arts, as well as helping to support the construction of the Hutton Sports Center, Doti Hall, Beckman Hall and the Wallace All Faiths Chapel in addition to their commitment to the Elliott Alumni House.