In Memoriam
On February 21, 2015 PDG Robert H. Patten passed away at the age of 91, four days shy of his 92nd birthday. Bob was born in Philadelphia, PA. Since 1965, he has been an active member of the Portland Rotary Club; he served as club president in 1982-83; he was the first Rotarian to make Jean Thompson Harris (founder Paul Harris’ wife) a PHF. From his efforts, he received a personal letter from RI President Dochterman thanking him.

Bob was the first District Governor of the newly re-numbered Rotary District 7780 from 1991-1992 and is remembered as a fun-loving person who imbued a spark into everything he did. He was positive and supportive, not only of his beloved Rotary, but of Rotarians, as well. While District Governor, Bob was proud to be instrumental in the “Jewell Island Project,” where several clubs in our district and the group study exchange from Brazil participated in a hands-on-project of building ‘privies’ on the island.

Bob will always be remembered as one of Portland Rotary’s gentle “giants.” We thank him for sharing part of his life with us.