The idea of a retiree association at Duke (DURA) was first expressed by Charles B. Huestis, former Senior Vice President, at the Quarter Century Club banquet in 1982. The idea was carried forward by a group of dedicated individuals and DURA was formed in 1983 with Elon Clark as the first president. Except for those powers reserved exclusively for the general membership, all powers of DURA are exercised by or under the authority of the Board of Directors. The Board is composed of up to seventeen members elected by the membership, including a President, President-Elect, Past President, Treasurer, and Secretary. There are three groups of up to four directors, to be elected each year to serve for three years. New Board members take office on April first.

DURA maintains its liaison with Duke University through the department of Staff & Family Programs in the Office of Human Resources.

Privileges & Memberships

Duke employees are eligible for a number of privileges and memberships at Duke after retirement.

Retirement Planning Guide

Register/Change Information

Register online to join DURA as a new member or to provide Duke Staff & Family Programs with updated personal information.

About DURA

The Duke University Retiree Association (DURA) exists to provide meaningful opportunities for Duke retirees to stay connected with Duke and visit with friends and former colleagues through the DURA newsletter and DURA events. DURA also provides members with information on ways to volunteer at Duke. Although volunteering is not a requirement of membership, it is important that DURA be visible on campus and be of assistance in as many ways as possible.

Membership is open to all retirees of Duke. Membership information and an application are provided to prospective retirees during their retirement planning session through the Duke Benefits staff. Alternatively, interested retirees may apply online following their date of retirement.

DURA is supported by Staff and Family Programs of Duke Corporate HR. Contact us at for more information.

The bi-annual DURA newsletter is emailed in the Spring and Winter. The newsletters feature interesting topics as well as usual information. Members are also notified when a special event for DURA members has been scheduled. To ensure that you receive all DURA information and invitations, be sure to provide your email address.

DURA members may obtain a discount from the University store in the Bryan Center with their DURA membership card. The discount is valid any time but can only be used once a year and is equal to the number of years of service (maximum of 30%). The DURA membership card must be presented at time of purchase. The discount cannot be combined with any other discount and some exclusions apply*. Should you need a replacement DURA membership card, please contact DURA at or 919-684-9040.

*Discount does not include, caps & gowns, class rings, custom orders, blazers & sports coats, alumni chairs, books, batteries, electronics, computers, computer peripherals and accessories, school supplies greeting cards, consumables, health and beauty aids and Cameron & championship floor pieces.

Please note that in order to keep your name on the DURA mailing list, you must notify DURA of changes such as name, home address or email address. Returned mail or email bounce-backs remove you from DURA membership. Email or call 919-684-9040 to inform DURA of any changes.