Edward B. "Ted" Patton ’88
Year Inducted: 2005
Ted Patton ’88 became an integral part of an unprecedented stretch for the Brown crew, winning back-to-back IRA Championships in 1986 and 1987, and the Eastern Sprints in 1987. While at Brown, the crew was consistently ranked in the top three nationally. He captained the 1988 crew and won the program’s inspiration award, given to the oarsman who gives “the greatest inspiration to teammates during the year.” Patton also won the Sports Foundation Award for outstanding student athlete in his senior year as well.
“Without question, Ted was one of the most outstanding oarsmen that I’ve coached,” said former Brown head coach Stephen Gladstone. Patton rowed for three seasons with current Brown head coach Paul Cooke ’89.
He was a member of the 1987 United States Heavyweight Eight, which won the gold medal at the World Championships in Copenhagen, and the 1988 U.S. Eight, which won the bronze medal at the Seoul Olympics. He was inducted into the U.S. Rowing Hall of Fame in 1991.
At the completion of his illustrious professional rowing career, Patton moved on to a successful business career, working at Goldman Sachs in the Mergers and Acquisitions Department. He also worked at Intel as an operations analyst as well as at Intuit where he ran the QuickBooks business. In 1998, Patton started up Boston Light Software, which was sold to Intuit a year later. He is currently a Partner at Hastings Equity Partners, a private equity firm he co-founded in Boston.
Patton, who received an MBA from the Kellogg School at Northwestern University, is the Founder and President of Caring from a Distance, a national, non-profit corporation focused on long-distance caregivers, and is a Trustee for the United States Rowing Association and the Brookline Community Fund.