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Patton brothers inducted into Philip High School Hall of Fame

Philip (left) and Bill Patton

After high school graduation, they both went on to earn doctorates in education, and both are now retired professors.

Philip Patton, high school class of 1952, was a professor at the Northwestern College at Orange City, Iowa, for over 40 years. He was a professor of accounting and marketing, an Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, and departmental chairman.

William Patton, class of 1954, was a professor at the University of Montana in Missoula, MT, for over 30 years. He was the Dean of the College of Education.

They have both earned many honors throughout their teaching careers.

The two men were honored by Philip High School during Homecoming events this last week. They both made special efforts to return to Philip - the place which started their successful careers.

The Hall of Fame is "to honor past graduates of Philip High School who have gone on to become honorary members of the community in which they now live," according to the nomination form.

The inclusion of the Patton brothers brings the current Hall of Fame membership to 11. The other members are: Thomas Malone (Class of 1936); Nancy Ekstrum (1963); Lincoln McIlavy (1992); Michael West (1955); Wiliam Coyle (1936); Gaylord Paulson (1955); Ralph "Doc" Millstead (1942); Michael Seager (1974); and Marcia West (1955).