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Gary Patton

Profile Updated: October 18, 2017
Residing In:
Santa Cruz, CA USA
Marilyn Dilworth Patton
Children and/or grandchildren:
Sonya, born 1972. Currently Single. Kids Dylan, Delaney, and Jay.
Philips, born 1976. Not married. More…No kids.
Military Service:
Draft Resister
Environmental Attorney
Educational Background:

I graduated from Paly in 1961. Went across the street to Stanford, where I graduated in the class of 1965, but actually got my degree in 1966. I was a U.S. History major, with Honors in Social Thought and Institutions. I then went on to Stanford Law School; quit (briefly) in the middle, so I graduated in 1969, instead of with my class of 1968. I attended Union Theological Seminary in New York City from 1970-71, as a Rockefeller Brothers fellow, and then have done some Spanish language work, in more recent years.


I was an elected official in Santa Cruz County, California for twenty years. Now, I am an environmental attorney in Santa Cruz, and am also teaching courses in Legal Studies and Politics at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Post Reunion Thoughts? I really enjoyed the celebration, and thanks to all who made it possible. Here are some reflections from my blog: http://www.gapatton.net/2011/09/264-nostalgia.html

Another Post Reunion Reflection: Here's my blog entry on Karl Schonborn's good book (Cleft Heart: Chasing Normal), which I very much enjoyed: http://www.gapatton.net/2013/11/307-cleft-heart.html

School Story:

Well, I was the only person (up to that time, anyway) who ever qualified to play "D" basketball in my Senior year. You qualified through a formula that factored in age, height, and weight. It was the height thing!

Also, I don't know how I did this, but i somehow obtained a master key for Paly, and often came to school on the weekends, and roamed the corridors. Even after I graduated, as I remember.

Think I liked that place!!

Dreams fulfilled or unfulfilled.

More than fulfilled! Beyond my wildest dreams.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I read, write, walk. Listen to Bob Dylan!

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Posted: Dec 16, 2013 at 10:15 PM
In Palo Alto, speaking on High-Speed Rail, 2009
Posted: Dec 16, 2013 at 10:15 PM
In France, at my sister's place.
Posted: Dec 16, 2013 at 10:15 PM
I think there was a "Coast Hugger" photo contest.
Posted: Dec 16, 2013 at 10:15 PM
Bill meeting with environmental leaders in San Francisco, in support of Hilary Clinton's campaign in the Democratic Presidential primary,2008
Posted: Dec 16, 2013 at 10:15 PM
A bill signing. I think a bill about levies. Probably 2007.
Posted: Dec 16, 2013 at 10:15 PM
On Marks Ranch, Monterey County, probably around 2002