Col. Roberta Roberts Patrick '56
B.A. Speech and Theatre
Not many have such a varied and successful life story as Col. Roberta Roberts Patrick. Born to teachers on the White Rock reservation in Roosevelt, Roberta graduated from Westminster as its first 4-year drama student. She then went on to obtain the rank of full colonel in the U.S. Marines – the highest rank possible for a woman at the time. Roberta was head of protocol in Hawaii during the Vietnam War; the second woman to attend the Naval War College and was responsible for executing the first steps to modernize the role of women in the Marines.
A gifted singer and actress, she performed on stages throughout the world. After retiring to care for her parents, Roberta started “Music a la Carte.” This group performed throughout the Intermountain West to raise money for charities and organizations. When people need help they call on Roberta and she willingly lends her talent and expertise to help others succeed.