AUGUST 2, 2011—The Melvin Mooty family has deep connections to the University and the Law School. Melvin Mooty, his wife, Sally Mooty, son Paul Mooty, and daughter Mary Mooty Kileen all studied at the maroon and gold. MELVIN (’51) and PAUL (’85) focused on law, Sally on public education (B.A. ’56), and Mary on business (M.B.A. ’94).
This spring, the family announced creation of a fund at the Law School to provide financial assistance to students with academic promise, demonstrated leadership skills, and a passion for community service: the Melvin R. Mooty Scholarship Fund. "My Dad was blessed with a long and distinguished legal career," Paul says. "Giving back to his alma mater by providing scholarships is completely consistent with his desire to help others and give back to the community."
Melvin Mooty, who retired in 2004 from Gray Plant Mooty Mooty & Bennett, the oldest, longest-standing law firm in Minneapolis, had a storied career at the firm. It opened its doors in 1866, one year after the Civil War ended. Melvin joined the firm in 1951, and during more than 50 years of practice, he specialized in real estate and business law.
He also was involved in many civic organizations, including Rotary International and the Courage Center, a nonprofit Minneapolis-based rehabilitation center dedicated to helping people with disabilities. Melvin served as president of the Courage Center Board and director of the Courage Foundation. In 1987, Melvin and Sally created the Mooty Scholarship for People with Disabilities at Courage Center. "Helping others is something that’s always been important to my parents," Paul says.
His father, Paul adds, "is dedicated to the highest personal and professional ethics and to the strong belief in the need to give generously to the community." The Mooty family’s generosity and community spirit are exemplified in the Melvin R. Mooty Scholarship Fund, made possible by gifts from Melvin and Sally Mooty, Paul Mooty, Mary Mooty Kileen, the Melvin R. Mooty & Sally R. Mooty Family Foundation, the Gray Plant Mooty Mooty & Bennett Foundation, and the John W. Mooty Foundation.