Diane: BS Family & Consumer Sciences ’68
James: BS Agriculture Education ’66; MS Agriculture Education ’71
Jim and Diane Patton have been lifelong friends of Iowa State University whose steadfast support of the institution has been transformational.
Diane is the retired program coordinator of Leadership Fort Dodge who has served the College of Home Economics Dean’s Advisory Council, the Iowa 4-H Foundation, the ISU Extension Family Community Leadership Program, the ISU Citizens Advisory Committee to the Vice Provost of Extension, the Council for Agricultural Research Extension and Teaching, the ISU Foundation’s Women in Philanthropy Committee, and is currently serving on the University Museums Curators Advisory Council and the ISU Foundation Board of Governors. She has received ISU’s Helen LeBaron Hilton Award and Iowa Citizen Friend of Extension Award.
In addition to her service to Iowa State, Diane is active with Al Éxito, the American Association of University Women, and the Presbyterian Church, USA.
Jim is retired as an ISU regional Extension director following positions in banking and high school teaching. His Iowa State involvement has included the Iowa 4-H Foundation, the ISU P&S Council, and Campaign Iowa State: With Pride and Purpose. He also played an integral role in regional fundraising for the restoration of Morrill Hall. Jim now serves on the University Museums Curators Advisory Council. He received the ISU Alumni Association’s Outstanding Young Alumni Award in 1979 and the ISU Extension Meritorious Service Award in 2004; he is a member of the Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame.
Outside ISU, Jim is active with the Ann Ringland-Smeltzer Trust, Rotary International leadership, and the Presbyterian Church, USA.
The Pattons are Order of the Knoll members and ISU Alumni Association sustaining life members.
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