Edward L. Hutton


Partners in Philanthropy (2002)
Herman B Wells Visionary Award
Honorary Degree (1992)
Doctor of Laws
Location: Bloomington
Presenter: Thomas Ehrlich
Thomas Hart Benton Mural Medallion (1992)
An Evening with Herman Wells Dinner
Location: Bloomington
Presenter: Thomas Ehrlich
Distinguished Alumni Service Award (1987)
B.S., 1940; M.S., 1941; LL.D., 1992
Kelley School of Business Academy of Alumni Fellows (1976)
B.S., 1940; M.S., 1941; L.L.D., 1942


Edward L. Hutton, president and chief executive officer of Chemed Corporation, exemplifies the ideals of service in the public interest and the vital role of business leaders who dedicate their talents, energy, and resources to advancing education.

As a philanthropist, fundraiser, and adviser to institutions of higher education, Mr. Hutton is an inspiring advocate for the opportunities of young people. As a business executive, he has maintained a personal commitment to employee development throughout his career, ensuring a supportive environment at all levels of employment in his corporation, and providing an admirable example for other companies.

Mr. Hutton was born in Bedford, Indiana. He earned the Bachelor of Science in business at Indiana University in 1940 and the Master of Science in 1941. Following service in the armed forces during World War II, he was deputy Director of the Joint Export/Import Agency (United States/United Kingdom) in Berlin from 1946 to 1948. He then joined W. R. Grace & Co. as assistant vice president. Mr. Hutton became executive vice president of W. R. Grace & Co. in 1968, and during the 1960s was also president of his own firm, E. L. Hutton Associates, Inc. He became head of Chemed Corporation in 1971.

In addition to membership on the board of directors of numerous corporations, Edward L. Hutton also devotes his time and energy nationally as an advocate for higher education. He has strengthened Indiana University through his work as national chairman of the Wells Scholars Program, a member of the Dean's Advisory Council of the School of Business, and a member of the Campaign for Indiana Council.

Mr. Hutton received Indiana University's Distinguished Alumni Service Award in 1987 and is a Fellow in the Academy of Alumni Fellows of the School of Business.