Skip Navigation

Ann Patton

Ann Patton, ORAU’s executive assistant to the president and corporate secretary from 1952-1995.

Ann H. Patton spent 42 years of her life making sure that Oak Ridge Associated Universities' (ORAU) affairs ran smoothly, and even after her retirement in March 1995, she still had a visible presence on ORAU’s Oak Ridge campus, playing an active part in the planning of ORAU’s 50th anniversary celebrations.

In 1952, Patton received her A.A. from Tennessee Wesleyan College in Athens, Tenn. Shortly thereafter, she joined ORAU as a stenographer for the University Relations Division. From 1955 to 1960, she held the position of secretary to the chairman of that division. In 1961, Patton was promoted to fellowship assistant, administering the Atomic Energy Commission Special Fellowship Programs in health physics, industrial hygiene, nuclear science, and engineering.

She began her tenure in the President’s Office in 1968 as executive assistant to Dr. William G. Pollard, founder of the Oak Ridge Institute of Nuclear Studies (ORINS), which had become ORAU in 1966. During her career, she served in this capacity for the three subsequent presidents: Dr. Philip L. Johnson, Dr. William E. Felling, and Dr. Jon M. Veigel.

At the time of her retirement, Patton served in the President’s Office as corporate secretary for ORAU, a position to which she was elected in 1989. In this capacity, she was responsible for planning and executing meetings of the ORAU Board of Directors and Council of Sponsoring Institutions as well as coordinating activities of various board and council committees.

Patton and her husband, Harry, who is also retired, still reside in Patton’s hometown of Clinton, Tenn. A fifth-generation resident, Patton is active in church and community affairs.

She was state president of the Tennessee Jaycettes in 1964, served for 10 years as treasurer of St. Mark’s United Methodist Church in Clinton, and chaired St. Mark’s 1994 Pastor/Parish Relations Committee. Patton is a long-time supporter of the American Field Service, a student exchange program devoted to international peace. She is a member of Beta Sigma Pi.