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Professor Emeritus Honored for Service in Retirement

Professor Richard Patty working out an equation
Richard Patty is honored for more than 50 years of teaching.

The NC State Association of Retired Faculty has honored professor emeritus Richard Patty with the William C. Friday Award for Distinguished Service in Retirement.

Patty taught physics for 32 years and served as department head for 19 before retiring in 1996. He continued to teach for 18 years, often taking a double load of classes, before stopping in 2014. He also served as interim head of the Department of Marine, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences for two and a half years.

Patty received teaching awards before and after retirement, including the Alexander Quarles Holladay Award for Excellence in 1995 and the UNC Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1999. He was among the first group of NC State faculty recognized for an Alumni Outstanding Teaching Award; later he was recognized as an Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Professor.

ARF calls Patty a “role model for his commitment to and excellence in teaching,” noting he taught every semester for 50 years, and praised his “calm and effective leadership.”

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  1. Well deserved! Dr. Patty was my undergraduate advisor and taught my introductory E&M courses. He was an excellent teacher and advisor, and I have enjoyed seeing him periodically over the years. His extraordinary ability to explain difficult concepts along with his enthusiasm, concern for his students, and obvious love of teaching put him in a class of his own.

  2. Dr. Patty was a wonderful teacher and mentor, and I consider myself very fortunate that I had him for several courses way back in the 70s!