Dwight Patterson (1934) Alumna/Alumnus of the Year award
Current award winner
This award is presented to an alumna or alumnus who has
achieved outstanding success in his or her professional career.
Service to Northern Arizona University or the Alumni
Association is not a requirement. Preference is given to those who have earned
degrees from Northern Arizona University.
About Dwight Patterson
Dwight was president of the Alumni Association in 1946. He
won both the Alumni Service Award and the Distinguished Citizen Award. He was
responsible for bringing major league baseball to the state and was chosen to
toss out the first ball at BOB (Bank One Ballpark) to initiate big league
baseball in Arizona when the Diamondbacks played their very first game.
Dwight was also called "Mr. Mesa," because he was
the driving force for Mesa clean government.
He was a landowner and financial investor, as well as a
giant in education, serving on the Board of Regents, State Board of Public
Instruction and Community College Board. Dwight was also a great football
player for Northern Arizona University, inducted into the Northern Arizona University
Athletics Hall of Fame in 1987. He died in 1999.