P. Jules Patt
July 29, 1943 - Nov. 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, N.J., son of the late M. Jane and Robert Patt.
Surviving are three children: Josh (Genevieve) Patt, Samantha (Michael) Patt Kozak and Maggie Patt Biddle; five grandchildren: Grace and Jane Patt Biddle, Ellie Ocelus and Sarah and Mollie Patt; and four siblings: David Patt, Betsy Patt, Rick Patt and Joseph Preston.
He was preceded in death by his cherished wife of almost 50 years, Pamela J. Patt; and a beloved sister, Judith Patt Ansert.
Jules attended Keith Jr. High School and graduated from Altoona Area High School in 1961. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree from Washington and Jefferson University in 1965, a master’s degree in international law from American University and a 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.
Jules was a strong believer in civil rights, and during college, he was a Freedom Rider, helping to register voters throughout the southern states. He also had a love for politics and history and learning.
He started his real estate development career with help from his father and father-in-law, with his first project being the construction of 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, Jules believed that anything was possible through hard work, creativity, focus and dedication. He believed in seeing the possibilities and in being willing to take the risks. He was a self-made man, and he went on to found the Patt Organization, Mid-Atlantic Asset Manage-ment Co., Keystone Hospitality Group, American City Planning and many other companies that develop real estate projects throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Ohio, Maryland and West Virginia.
He employed thousands of people during his career, and he took great pride in all of his developments and in the individuals who helped build, manage and operate them. Some notable projects include Lake Raystown Resort and Lodge; Atherton Hotel; Rainbow Condomin-iums; hotels in Hershey, Harrisburg and Hilton Head; Smithville Development Co.; Green Meadows Personal Care Facilities; Hollidays-burg 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, Jules had showed 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 and gave people a chance to succeed, and he 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 listed among the 50 top real estate developers in the nation.
During his lifetime, he took pride in supporting many local charities through his businesses, including local events, local children’s sports teams, field trips for elementary school children, support for victims of Hurricane Katrina, the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network and the Griffith Family Foundation.
Jules was a lifetime member, major supporter and a past president of Temple Beth Israel.
He had an extraordinary love for animals of all kinds, 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 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017, at E. Merrill Smith Funeral Home Inc., 2309 Broad Ave., Altoona. A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 1, 2017, at Temple Beth Israel, Rabbi Audrey Korotkin officiating. Interment will be at Mount Sinai Cemetery.
The family requests that memorial contributions in memory of Jules be made to Homewood at Martinsburg, 437 Givler Drive, Martins-burg, PA 16662.