P. Jules Patt

Date of Death: 11/26/2017

P. Jules Patt

July 29, 1943 – November 26, 2017

P. Jules Patt, 74, Hollidaysburg, passed away Sunday at UPMC Altoona after a long and brave battle with Parkinson's Disease. He was born in Trenton, NJ, son of the late M. Jane and Robert Patt,

He is survived by his children, Josh (Genevieve) Patt, Samantha (Michael) Patt Kozak, Maggie Patt Biddle, grandchildren Grace and Jane Patt Biddle, Ellie Ocelus, Sarah and Mollie Patt, brothers and sister David Patt, Betsy Patt, Rick Patt, Joseph Preston.

He was preceded in death by his beloved parents; his beloved sister, Judith Patt Ansert, and his cherished wife of almost 50 years Pamela J. Patt.

Jules attended Keith Jr. High School and graduated from The Altoona Area High School in 1961. He obtained a BA from Washington and Jefferson University in 1965, his master's degree in International Law from American University, and obtained his law degree from the University of Maryland in 1968. He was a natural and gifted athlete, playing the position of Guard for AAHS and Washington and Jefferson University.  Jules met his beautiful wife Pam in college while they were planning a social mixer for W&J and Chatham College. They were married in November 1964 at his family home with Rabbi Nathan Kaber officiating.

He was a strong believer in civil rights and during college was a Freedom Rider, helping to register voters throughout the southern states.  He had a love for politics and history and learning.

Jules started his real estate development career with help from his father and father-in-law, to start his first project building an A&P grocery store in Frostburg, MD and then Arthur Treacher’s Fish and Chip stores in West Virginia and Maryland.  As a young entrepreneur he believed anything was possible through hard work, creativity, focus, and dedication.  He believed in seeing the possibilities and being willing to take the risks.  He was a self-made man and went on to found The Patt Organization, Mid-Atlantic Asset Management Company, Keystone Hospitality Group, American City Planning, and many other companies to develop real estate projects throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Ohio, Maryland, and West Virginia. He employed thousands of employees over his career, and took great pride in all of his developments and in the people who helped build, manage and operate them.  Some notable projects include: Lake Raystown Resort and Lodge, The Atherton Hotel, The Rainbow Condominiums, hotels in Hershey, Harrisburg, and Hilton Head, The Smithville Development Company, Green Meadows Personal Care Facilities, Hollidaysburg Shopping Center, Benner Pike Shops, Independence Place, Summit at Shiloh, Londonderry Town Shops, and countless apartment buildings and single-family home developments throughout the Mid-Atlantic Region.  Throughout his career he had a strong care and devotion toward the many employees and associates that worked in or for his businesses and he valued their contributions.  He had a gift for recognizing talent, gave people a chance to succeed, and was proud that many of his employees went on to start their own businesses.  

In 1986 Jules ran for Governor of Pennsylvania as a Democratic candidate against Ed Rendell and Robert Casey and he wrote the book, "The Patt Plan for Pennsylvania."

In 1989 he was named Entrepreneur of the Year by Inc. Magazine and named among the 50 top real estate developers in the nation.

He took pride in supporting so many local charities over his lifetime through his businesses including local events, local children’s sports teams, school trips for elementary school children, support for victims of Hurricane Katrina, the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, and The Griffith Family Foundation. 

He was a lifetime member, major supporter of, and past President of Temple Beth Israel. 

He had an extraordinary love for animals of all kinds and particularly for giant dogs.  He was kind and shy, generous and hard-working, a natural leader and a much-loved father and grandfather. 

Friends will be received from 6-8 p.m., Thursday, November 30, 2017 at E. Merrill Smith Funeral Home, 2309 Broad Ave., Altoona, PA, 16601.  A funeral Service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, December 1, 2017 at Temple Beth Israel with Rabbi Audrey Korotkin officiating.  Interment will be at Mount Sinai Cemetery.

The family requests that memorial contributions be made in memory of Jules to Homewood at Martinsburg, 437 Givler Drive, Martinsburg, PA  16662.



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P. Jules Patt by Martha Quay Laird
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