History Department
History Department

Robert "Bobby" Patton, Jr., major benefector of UT Liberal Arts, recommends degree in History

Tue, November 1, 2016
Robert
Bobby Patton, Jr., and Sherri Patton. Photo by Jon SooHoo, Staff, Los Angelos Dodgers.

Robert L. Patton, Jr., Fort Worth oil and gas invester and part owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers, and his wife, Sherri, recently made a gift of $20 million to the UT College of Liberal Arts. Mr. Patton was a Plan II Honors student in the early 1980s, and he is presently a member of the UT College of Liberal Arts Advisory Council. When asked his advice for today’s undergraduates, Mr. Patton said that he would encourage students to major in HISTORY:

“History gives us the benefit of hindsight; we learn lessons from the past that can be applied today. We can learn from our mistakes.  It is something you can apply throughout your life…You can’t just state something and say that it’s true. That’s why you read history and literature—you read to support your arguments, otherwise it’s just conjecture.”

Read more about the Patton's generous gift to Liberal Arts at:
liberalarts.utexas.edu/public-affairs/news/11040

More about the Liberal Arts Advisory Council:
liberalarts.utexas.edu/alumni-and-giving/our-donors-and-advocates/advisory-council

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