• Armstrong Browning director retires after 50 years with Baylor

    Rita Patteson

    You probably know about the basics about Armstrong Browning Library: how it’s named for Dr. A.J. Armstrong, who fought and fundraised to build it; how it’s home to the works of Victorian poets Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning; and how it’s widely considered one of the most beautiful libraries in the world.

    Well, if you’ve spent any time in the past 50 years appreciating the grandeur of the Armstrong Browning Library, you probably have Rita Patteson, BBA ’68, to thank. After 50 years working for her alma mater — 45 of them in the library — she’s retiring.

    Patteson’s first job at Baylor was as a student, working in former Baylor President Abner McCall’s office. Eventually, she became a faculty member, received an Outstanding Staff Award in 1998 and an Outstanding Professor Award in 2002, and finally became director of the Armstrong Browning Library in 2009. As the ABL’s director, she’s overseen the operation of the library, planned cultural events, and obtained even more original materials for the Browning collection.

    “It’s been a wonderful journey,” she says. No kidding — especially with an office like that!

    Sic ’em, Rita Patteson!

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