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DATE: April 2, 2004
Henry Patton's bequest will provide scholarships for engineering students at the University of Michigan-Dearborn
DEARBORN---Henry W. Patton II, the founder and president of an engineering
firm called Acromag, has left more
than $3.6 million to the College
of Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Michigan-Dearborn
to support scholarships primarily for students in electrical engineering.
The gift is the largest received from an individual in the history of
Patton, a pioneer in the development of signal conditioning technology,
founded the company in 1957 in Detroit and moved it Wixom in 1965. He
died in July 2003.
"Henry Patton was a long-time friend of the College of Engineering
and Computer Science and a great friend of mine, as well," according
to Dean Subrata Sengupta. "Over the years, he provided us with valuable
assistance in a variety of important ways. As a strong supporter of the
college's cooperative education program, he had hired many students and
helped them to gain valuable experience working in industry."
In May 2003, he received the Distinguished Cooperative Education Program
Advocate award from UM-Dearborn
Patton also was a strong supporter of the college's Center
for Engineering Education and Practice and its mission of developing
partnerships with industry. He offered his expertise and guidance to UM-Dearborn
engineering faculty, especially in the College's Department
of Electrical and Computer Engineering.
Every year, he attended the College of Engineering and Computer Science's
Day along with the top engineering staff of his firm, according to
Philip Snyder, development director of CECS. "In addition, he would
hire at least one and sometimes two cooperative education students each
semester, some of whom are now employees at Acromag," Snyder said.
An avid photographer, Patton took photos at many of the college's events,
and his photos have been included in several of the school's news magazines
His bequest to the College of Engineering and Computer Science
will be used to endow scholarship and fellowship funds for students in