Southwestern Recognizes Pate with Community Award
Gerald L. “Jerry” Pate (Xi–Southwestern ’74) was recently honored with the Martha Diaz Hurtado College Town Award in Georgetown, Texas, recognizing his dedication to SU and Kappa Alpha Order, as well as his continuous efforts to enhance the “college town” environment for students, faculty and staff at SU. The award was presented to Pate at the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce 2018 Annual Banquet on Friday, January 26th.
Pate never formally attended Southwestern, but developed a relationship as a teenager with some of the men of the KA chapter there. He became a valued member of the campus community through the fraternity, and was initiated into Xi as a high school graduation present by the men of the chapter. Pate would go on to serve as a Georgetown police officer for some three decades, while continuing to support Southwestern, KA, and his hometown of Georgetown.
Pate said he never expected to be recognized for supporting KA and his city. “I was totally surprised by the events that took place,” he said. “It was a great honor that SU wanted to acknowledge my being part of an organization on campus in what they saw as a contribution. I think the thing that meant the most are the letters [of support] that were submitted by the KA alumni, especially the one written by my son, Nick, to the SU committee picking the recipient of the award.”
“Associate Vice President for Development at SU, Kent Huntsman, read the letter from my son while introducing the award to the audience,” he continued. “It was everything a grown man could do to fight back the tears of joy and happiness while being acknowledged by his son’s letter, in front of well-known business professionals and KA alums who showed up for the presentation of the award. I feel totally blessed to have lived the life or path that was chosen for me, and it was made through KA.”
Pate’s son, Nick, was initiated by Xi Chapter in 2010. “Another highlight in life was being a part of Nick’s initiation,” he said.