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Mass communications educator

Patt Foster Roberson, American communications educator. Named Outstanding Citizen of Year, 2007.


Roberson, Patt Foster was born on December 3, 1934 in Middletown, New York, United States. Daughter of Gilbert Charles and Mildred Elizabeth (O'Neal) Foster.


Associate of Arts, Canal Zone Junior College, 1954. Bachelor in Journalism, Louisiana State University, 1957. Master of Arts in Journalism, Louisiana State University, 1973.

Master of Arts in Media, Southern University, Baton Rouge, 1981. Doctor of Philosophy in Mass Communication, University Southern Mississippi, 1985.


Executive secretary Lionel H. Abshire and Associates, American Institute of Architects, Architects, Baton Rouge, 1958-1960, Murrell and Callari, American Institute of Architects, Architects, Baton Rouge, 1960-1963. Business manager Southern Review Louisiana State University, 1963-1969. Free-lance researcher, independent contractor, 1969-1974.

Representative department information State of Louisiana, 1974-1975. Assistant professor Massachusetts communications Southern University, 1976-1986, associate professor mass communications, 1986-1993, professor mass communications, 1993-1996, professor emeritus, since 1996. Printed program, advertising, & editorial consultant Baton Rouge performing arts organic including Baton Rouge Little Theater, Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre, Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra, Louisiana State University Theater Department, Zachary Dinner Theater, others, since 1971.

Reviewer Random House Publications, New York City, 1981. Professional development intern Baton Rouge Morning Advocate, 1991, Baker Observer, 1991-1992. Reporter-photographer Canal Record, Seminole, Florida, since 1967.

Biographer of Edward Livermore Burlingame, John H. Johnson, Daniel Kimball Whitaker, (book) American magazine journalists series, Dictionary Literary Biography, Detroit, 1986-1987. Tutor Operation Upgrade, 1978-1982. Volunteer reporter, photographer, proofreader The Platinum Record, Baton Rouge, 1996-1999.

Consultant in field.


  • Other Work

    • Co-editor: Louisiana State University cookbook Tiger Bait, 1976. Biographer Frank E. Gannett in Biographical Dictionary of American Journalism, 1987. Freelance writer/editorial consultant.

      Editorial board American Journalism, 1986-1987. Reviewer Longman Publications 1991-1992. Contributor articles to professional journals.


Member poll commission East Baton Rouge Parish Government, 1978-1995. President Our Lady Lake Regional Medical Center, 1971-1972. Board directors District Attorney's Rape Crisis Commission, 1976-1979, Plan Government Study Commission, 1973-1976, Selective Service System Board 8, Baton Rouge, 1986-1998, since 2002.

Docent Greater Baton Rouge Zoo, 1974-1977, 2002-2004. Volunteer American Red Cross, 1989-1999, 2005-2006, Capital Area Court-Appointed Special Advisory, 1997-1999, Louisiana State University International Hospitality Foundation, Hospice of Baton Rouge, since 2005. Trails and rails volunteer National Park Service, since 2008.

Member East Baton Rouge Parish Commission on Governmental Ethics, 1992-1993, Cajun Clickers Computer Club, since 1997. Council appointee Baker Strategic Planning Committee, since 2003. Mayoral appointee Baker Mobile Home Review Board, since 1990.

Council appointee Baker Litter Committee, since 2008. Vice president Baker History and Cultural Foundation, 1990-1993. Board member Baker Heritage Museum, since 1993.

Member Baker Interclub Council, 1990-1991. Treasurer Baker Civic Pride, since 2004. Organizer human-animal therapy service Baker Manor Nursing Home, 1994.

Board member Baker Charitable Foundation, since 2005. Member 1st class Citizens Basic Police Training Academy, Baton Rouge Police Department, 1994. Chairpub. relations, board directors Panama Canal Museum, 1998-2001.

Member American Association of University Professors (secretary-treasurer Louisiana conference 1988-1989, secretary 1992-1993, chairman public relations 1994-1995), Association Education Journalism and Mass Communications, American Newspapers Publications Association (national cooperative committee on education in journalism 1989-1992), Women in Communications (president Baton Rouge chapter 1982, national judge Clarion awards 1987), Public Relations Association Louisiana, Louisiana State University Journalism Alumni Association (president 1977), Society Professional Journalists (president Southeast Louisiana chapter 1982), American Journalism Historians Association, Oral History Association, Louisiana State University Alumni Association (president East Baton Rouge Parish chapter 1978-1980), Popular Culture Association, Investigative Reporters and Editors Association, Baker Team City, American College of Surgeons Relay Life, Baker Chamber of Commerce, Red Hat Society, Toastmasters (administrative vice president Baton Rouge 1977), Pilot Club of Baker.


Married Murray Ralph Roberson Junior, May 10, 1963 (deceased 1968).

Gilbert Charles Foster

Mildred Elizabeth (O'Neal) Foster

Murray Ralph Roberson Junior