Bob Patterson '68

Bob Patterson '68

One of the first superstars of the Bowdoin men’s basketball program, Bob Patterson established himself as one of the top scorers in school history – and then sacrificed his scoring ability to lift the team to some of its greatest heights. The third Bowdoin player to surpass 1,000 career points, Patterson was a prolific scorer upon arriving in Brunswick from Medford High School in Massachusetts, and still ranks among the school’s top ten in career points per game (16.8) more than forty years later. Despite his scoring ability, Bowdoin won just five games in his debut campaign. Patterson transitioned his game to that of a play-maker and success soon followed – the Polar Bears improved dramatically and, in his final campaign, Patterson captained one of the finest squads in school history. His 1967-68 team went 15-6, posting just the second winning season in program history, establishing a new program record for wins in a season and earning recognition as the top small college team in New England.