Retired Lt. Gen. Burton Patrick, ’57, and Bob Mathews, ’71, were among the inaugural class of inductees into the U.S. Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) Hall of Fame in a June 10 ceremony at U.S. Army Cadet Command at Fort Knox, Kentucky. The Hall of Fame honors ROTC graduates who have distinguished themselves in military or civilian pursuits.
Patrick, of Thomson, Georgia, earned a bachelor’s degree in physical education and commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Army infantry. During his 31-year Army career, Patrick commanded soldiers at every level from platoon through field army. He served as commanding general of the elite 101st Airborne Division in Fort Campbell, Kentucky, from 1985 to 1987. After being promoted to lieutenant general in May 1987, he returned to South Korea and assumed command of the world’s only Combined Field Army until his retirement in July 1988.
His military awards include the Distinguished Service Medal, Silver Star, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal, Army Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnamese Service Medal, three Vietnamese Crosses of Gallantry, and other awards and badges.
Patrick was inducted into the UNG Athletics Hall of Fame in 2012 and received the university’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 1989.
Mathews, of Atlanta, is president and CEO of Colliers International-Atlanta. He earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army, where he served six years and achieved the rank of captain.
He joined Colliers in 1991 and has served as CEO since 2004. His accomplishments include the Silver Phoenix Award from the Atlanta Commercial Board of Realtors in 2012 and the organization’s Realtor of the Year award in 2009. He also has won numerous awards from Colliers, and has been on the firm’s Board of Advisors since 2007. Mathews is past president of the UNG Alumni Association and currently serves as chairman for the UNG Real Estate Foundation.
Nationally, nominations were solicited from each ROTC program and ROTC alumni were chosen “whose character, distinguished service, and stature draws wholesome comparison to the qualities for which ROTC strives, in keeping with the spirit of ‘Duty, Honor, Country.’” Each inductee received a medallion and certificate, and bricks inscribed with the name of each inductee will be displayed on a walkway near the Cadet Command Headquarters Building at Fort Knox.