On Thursday President Roderick J. McDavis announced that the Ohio University College of Education had received a $28 million gift from Violet Patton. In honor of Patton's tremendous commitment to her alma mater, the college will be renamed the Gladys W. and Davis H Patton College.
On Jan. 11 the university announced to establish and fund the Violet L. Patton Center for Arts Education. Including this gift, her contributions to Ohio University in 2010 will total more than $41 million.
Speaking on Patton's behalf, her attorney, Jack Charney, sat down to discuss her dedication to education, memories from Ohio University and legacy.