Class of 1967 – BA, Innis
Robert Patrick graduated in 1967 in the first graduating class of Innis College. After working in marketing and banking, he found his true calling in 1972 when he began a successful career teaching Business Education to adolescents and adults. In his last two years of teaching, Robert had the opportunity to work with at-risk teenagers and in 2001, received an award from the Mayor of Toronto recognizing this valuable work.
Now retired and residing in Toronto, Robert pursues his love of teaching and occasionally covers classes at his local high school. Outdoor activities, sports and new interests consume the rest of his time. He and his wife Linda canoe and camp at their favourite campsite in Killarney Provincial Park and recently hiked in Gros Morne National Park and tented at the Arctic Circle. Despite recent double knee replacements, he plays non-contact hockey in two leagues and is enjoying his 37th year as a professional ski instructor. Robert maintains a life long interest in photography and is gradually converting to digital technology; many of the early archival photographs of activities at Innis College were captured through his lenses. He is also developing a latent interest and talent in painting and dabbles in water colours.
Robert maintains an interest in the affairs of Innis College and is amazed at the progress and development of both the buildings and students of the College. Today Innis students have one of the highest grade point averages on the entire campus and he ruefully muses that he would likely not have been admitted as a student today based on his high school marks. He believes that his early years at Innis, the staff influence, writing the constitution, creating the newspaper, the student society, sports teams, and the friendships made, had a significant and lasting impact on his life.
After graduating with a B.A. in Economics and Political Science in 1967, Robert earned a B.B.A. at York University in 1969, a B.ED. at University of Toronto in 1972, and an M.ED. at OISE in 1978.