- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 23, 2015

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) - The ashes of former Purdue University first lady Jane Beering have been interred at the top of Slayter Hill on the school’s main campus.

University staff, former trustees and other retirees, including former President Martin Jischke, paid their respects to her family following a private ceremony Monday morning. Her husband, Steven Beering, served as Purdue’s president from 1983 to 2000.

Jane Beering, who was known for hosting hundreds of events each year at the president’s home on the western edge of campus, is the first person interred on campus in 72 years and one of only three whose final resting places are at Purdue, the (Lafayette) Journal and Courier (https://on.jconline.com/1J2FNj0 ) reported. Founder John Purdue, who died in 1876, is buried at Memorial Mall and trustee David Ross, who died in 1943, also is buried on Slayter Hill, near Jane Beering’s grave.

Jane and Steven Beering arranged to be buried on Slayter Hill in 2000 when they retired from campus life. The idea to have the Beerings buried on campus stemmed from efforts to honor the couple for their service to Purdue, according to former Purdue Board of Trustees Chairman Tim McGinley.

“Those 17 years the Beerings gave was something that doesn’t happen very often these days,” McGinley said in April. “I always say Steve was the fundraiser, and Jane was the friend-raiser. I’m not sure I know of two people who wanted to give more to this university, quite honestly.”

Work at the memorial site features, where fresh gardens, mulch and crushed rock paths already have been installed, will continue into September.

Jane Beering died March 9 at age 81.

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Information from: Journal and Courier, https://www.jconline.com

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