Mervin and Dorothy Lung are synonymous with generosity in the Elkhart County community. Their support for Ivy Tech Community College began more than 30 years ago. As Dorothy recalls, Mervin wanted to give back to the community that helped him build Patrick Industries into a successful company. In 1980s, The Lungs purchased and renovated a building to house Ivy Tech’s first campus in Elkhart County.
Mervin passed away in 2015, but his legacy lives on as thousands of students continue to benefit from the thoughtful support that he and Dorothy have given the College to support scholarships. Today, Dorothy is reminded of the impact their gifts continue to have on so many lives in the community.
Dorothy keeps every thank you card and letter she has received from students. In fact, she has 6 large binders containing those special notes and enjoys reading them regularly. She remembers reading them to Mervin as he struggled with his vision. “It would put a smile on his face,” she said.
Their gratitude to the community in which they lived and worked will live on forever as Dorothy has generously made a planned gift to the Ivy Tech Foundation that will continue to support student scholarships at the Elkhart County campus. She is inspired by the countless stories she reads about students, especially those who face significant challenges. “I enjoy learning how their lives have changed so much even though they experienced such hard times,” said Dorothy.