Rev. Roger Patton ('57)

Football - Wrestling

Rev Roger Patton - Hall of FameA two-sport student-athlete from 1953-1957, Roger Patton (C'57) excelled in both wrestling and football. As a four-time letter winning heavyweight, Patton posted a 17-0-1 record over his final two years of collegiate competition, including a memorable pin-fall victory over a competitor from Loras. In this match, UD folklore suggests that a bleacher clearing altercation ensued after Patton was bitten by his opponent while he was pinning him. The 1957 Spartans Wrestling team finished with a record of 8-1.

In 1957, Patton was an All-Iowa Conference football selection and earned two additional letters. While at UD, he also participated in Messengers choir, was a member of the Phi Omicron fraternity and earned a degree in philosophy. 

Leaving the UD did not spell the end of Patton's activity in athletics. In 1957 and 1958 he coached wrestling for the Hun Preparatory School in Princeton, New Jersey and he played three-years of semi-professional football for the New Jersey Miners from 1958-1960. While a student at the Princeton Theological Seminary, Patton assisted with the Princeton University Wrestling team. 

Patton served as a Presbyterian pastor for 42 years in five states and also organized committees that constructed low-income housing developments for the elderly in both Cedar Rapids, Iowa and New York City. His numerous public service activities have included serving as Vice President for the NAACP chapter in Jamaica, New York and being recognized by the Iowa Commission on Alcohol Problems for his organizing efforts.