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Barbara Herzog Patterson Receives Fidelia Award
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Barbara Herzog Patterson Receives Fidelia Award

Barbara Herzog Patterson ’56 is the Fidelia Award Recipient for 2006.
Patterson, a Life Member of the Board of Directors, maintained strong ties to the College while becoming a recognizable figure in Northeast Ohio’s philanthropic community.

A skilled writer and communicator, Patterson graduated from Notre Dame with a bachelor of arts in English. She served as editor of the Notre Dame alumnae publication, Notre Dame Exchange, in 1961 before earning a master’s degree in English from John Carroll University in 1969. Upon graduation, she was hired as a lecturer in English by JCU. In 1974, she left John Carroll to teach English at Gilmour Academy in Gates Mills, Ohio, and eventually became the chair of the school’s English department.

While at Gilmour, she developed an interest in the field of fundraising and in 1981, she accepted the position of development director. Soon after, she went on to earn a second master’s degree from JCU, this time in educational administration. In 1985, she became dean of institutional advancement at Gilmour.

As Patterson immersed herself in the field of fundraising, she left Gilmour Academy to serve as executive director of the Women’s City Club. Eighteen months later she was recruited as executive director of the Cleveland Education Fund, an organization that provides funding for professional development of educators in the Cleveland Public Schools. She also operated a small fundraising consulting business on the side.

Through her work, Patterson formed connections in the Greater Cleveland community that led her to serve on committees for a number of non-profit organizations. She served as a board member for St. Edward High School, and Templum House, an organization providing services for battered women and working to end domestic violence. She was also on the Catholic Social Services advisory committee and is a Past President of the National Society of Fundraising Executives in Greater Cleveland, receiving their Fundraiser of the Year award in 1992.

As an alumna, Patterson remained active with Notre Dame College. She served on the presidential search committee that brought Dr. Marla Loehr ’60 to Notre Dame. She eventually joined the Board of Directors, serving from 1991 through 2002. While on the Board, she chaired the committee on student development and was a representative on a presidential task force on multicultural awareness. Patterson retired from the Board as an Honorary Member, but then became the College’s gift planning advisor in 2003, assisting alumni and friends of Notre Dame with estate planning.

She has since fully retired from her work at Notre Dame, but in her final years at the College, Patterson received certification as an Ignatian Spiritual Advisor.

Patterson lives in Bratenahl, Ohio with her husband of 50 years, Charles.

Editors Note: On November 9, 2006, only days after the fall/winter 2006-2007 Notre Dame Today went to press, we were saddened to learn that Barbara Patterson passed away after a battle with pancreatic cancer.

We are honored to have known her and will miss her spirit and grace.