Herb Patterson '71 honored for giving to Huntingdon College
Montgomery, Ala.—Huntingdon College honored benefactor, trustee, and alumnus Herb Patterson of Birmingham with induction into the Countess of Huntingdon giving society earlier this summer. Patterson, a mathematics graduate in the Huntingdon Class of 1971, is also a member of Huntingdon's John Massey Heritage Society, the Hall of Honor, the Huntingdon Society, and the Scarlet and Grey Circle.
"In the 158-year history of Huntingdon College, there may not have been a more sacrificially generous alumnus than Herb Patterson," said Anthony Leigh, vice president for college and alumni relations, in presenting the award to Patterson. "Last fall, he celebrated his fortieth class reunion, and 40 years of applying tremendous heart, time, and energy into the service and advancement of his alma mater." Patterson has served as a class agent and gift agent for the Class of 1971 and has served multiple terms on the board of the National Alumni Association Board of Directors and on the Huntingdon Board of Trustees.
"In 2000, Herb was recognized with the College’s Alumni Loyalty Award," said Leigh. "He so faithfully attends Huntingdon alumni functions that when he was not in attendance at Homecoming 2010, the most commonly asked question to me was ‘Where is Herb?’ His influence in our alumni family is felt far beyond his classmates of the late '60s and early '70s. He has developed meaningful friendships with alumni of all ages and has invested his life into the service of Huntingdon students."
Patterson, a long-time executive with AT&T, endowed three scholarships at Huntingdon and has made significant contributions to the Huntingdon Tomorrow Campaign, the Huntingdon Fund, and Campaign 150, as well as restricted gifts to the mathematics and art departments and funding for theater performances and Alumni Board projects.
The Huntingdon College Board of Trustees established the Order of the Countess of Huntingdon in 1978 to perpetuate the memory of Selina, the Countess of Huntingdon, and to recognize publicly a select group of individuals whose generosity to the College exemplifies her devotion and beneficence to education.
Huntingdon College, grounded in the Judeo-Christian tradition of the United Methodist Church, is committed to nurturing growth in faith, wisdom, and service and to graduating individuals prepared to succeed in a rapidly changing world. Founded in 1854, Huntingdon is a coeducational liberal arts college. The College motto, "Enter to grow in wisdom; go forth to apply wisdom in service," is inscribed in stone above the front door of John Jefferson Flowers Hall. Ranked in the top tier of regional colleges by U.S. News and World Report and consistently listed in the Princeton Review's "The Best Colleges: Region by Region," Huntingdon has for two years been recognized on the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
(Pictured L-R: Anthony Leigh, vice president for college and alumni relations, Herb Patterson '71, President J. Cameron West, and Patterson's sister, Joyce Patterson Ryser '74.)