Donald J. Patton

1919 - 2010

Donald John Patton died on May 15, 2010 in Boulder, Colorado. Born May 18, 1919, in Chicago, he studied geography at Harvard University and served in the Office of Strategic Services during World War II. After earning his PhD, Patton held positions as a researcher, lecturer, consultant, and professor, working for various government agencies and universities in and around Washington, D.C. and at Colorado University in Boulder. He joined the faculty at Florida State University in Tallahassee in 1969 and retired there in 1989 with the distinction of Professor Emeritus. Throughout his professional career, Patton published many reports, articles, and book chapters. He contributed to several atlases and also served as editor of the Professional Geographer. Florida’s water resources were a special area of interest for him, and his life’s work demonstrated his love of scholarship and the earth sciences.

Donald J. Patton (Necrology) 2010. AAG Newsletter 45(7): 15.