RAM Remembers Long Time Friend Joan Patton

We note, with sadness, the death of longtime RAM friend, Joan S. Patton, who died at her Racine home on November 24 at the age of 79. Joan helped this museum in many ways for more than 45 years but her greatest contribution was as one of the museum’s original Docents, serving from the group’s inauguration in 1982 until a few months ago.

Born in the Chicago suburbs, Joan came to Racine in 1967. Her first involvement with the museum was as part of a team of members of the Junior League of Racine, who inaugurated the Art Sales and Rental Gallery at the Wustum campus in the early 1970s. She also served a full six years on RAM’s Board of Directors in the 1990s.

Joan had a gift for treating children as equals in educational settings and for talking with and not to other people. This skill made her a great Docent, for she drew others to her who could tell she was excited to see what people could learn about art. In 1990, Joan earned a BA in Art from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. These studies gave her even greater insight into the visual art making process which she happily shared with others.

Joan was a legend in this community for her commitment to volunteerism through working for a number of organizations on a long-term basis. She did all of this with a great sense of humor, making her a delight to work with. We express our gratitude to Joan and extend our condolences to her family and friends.

The Joan S. Patton Memorial Fund has been established at RAM and your contributions in her memory are welcome.

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Eulogy given by Bruce W. Pepich, RAM Executive Director and Curator of Collections