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Performing arts association administrator

William W. Patton, American performing arts association administrator. Recipient National Governor's award for arts, 1983, Aubrey R. Watzek award Lewis and Clark College, Portland, Oregon, 1986, Governor's award for arts Oregon Arts Commission, 1993, Southern Oregon University President's medal, 1995, arts management career service award Kennedy Center, 1996; accepted for Oregon Shakespeare Festival Tony award, 1983.


Patton, William W. was born on September 22, 1927 in Medford, Oregon, United States. Son of Hamilton and Edith Platt (Warner) Patton.


Bachelor, Stanford University, 1951.


Formerly with, Columbia Broadcasting System, Hollywood, California marketing assistant, Mark Hopkins Hotel, San Francisco, 1948-1951; production assistant, Columbia Broadcasting System Network Broadcasting, Hollywood, California, 1951-1953; general manager, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Ashland, 1953-1980; executive director, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Ashland, 1981-1995. Consultant Oregon Shakespeare Festival Endowment Fund, since 1996, Taiwan Cultural Centers, Taipei, 1989.


With United States Air Force, 1945-1947. Member Ashland Chamber of Commerce (president 1964-1965, Citizen of Year award 1983), Rotary.


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: skiing, swimming, travel, gardening.


Married Shirley Roberta Douglass, December 27, 1958. Children: Kristin Anne, Kent Douglass, William Weston.

Hamilton Patton

Edith Platt (Warner) Patton

Shirley Roberta Douglass

Kristin Anne Patton

William Weston Patton

Kent Douglass Patton