Robert H. Malott and his wife, Elizabeth Hubert Malott, donated $1 million to create this gateway on the western edge of the main campus in honor of his parents, former Chancellor Deane W. Malott and Eleanor Sisson Malott. It comprises a curved, 70-foot stone wall engraved with the name University of Kansas and a marker to the left of the Visitor Center entrance reading “Malott Gateway.” A brick pedestrian plaza is landscaped with trees and shrubs.
During his tenure as chancellor, 1939-51, Malott and his wife worked to beautify the campus. She spearheaded projects to plant redbud, plum and crab apple trees and forsythia and other flowering shrubs. Eleanor Malott died Jan. 14, 1994, at age 94; Deane Malott died Sept. 11, 1996, at age 98. Both are inurned at Pioneer Cemetery.