“Listen, class. This is important.”
In Bob Patterson’s 50 years as a CALS faculty member, he’s spoken those words to thousands of students. He’s built a reputation for caring about students and for their success. He’s inspired students around the world with his passion for agriculture, the Earth and its people.
Patterson is also legendary for going on a tangent or two in his talks. But listen closely – listen to how often he mentions by name the people who’ve touched his life in ways big and small – and it’s easy to see what his tales have in common.
Most come back to empathy, trust and gratitude – values that Patterson holds dear.