Col. Kenneth W. Patrum Endowed Scholarship
Col. Kenneth W. Patrum
Peter N. Stathis
This scholarship was created in honor of Colonel Kenneth Patrum. Kenneth Walter Patrum, a retired attorney and Lt. Colonel in the US Air Force Reserve, was a long-time resident of the District of Columbia. However, as a native of Springfield, Missouri, Mr. Patrum spent his formative years in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Siloam Springs, Arkansas. Before Kenneth finished high school his parents passed away. Determined to earn his high school diploma, Kenneth heard about a school in Northwest Arkansas where he could work half of the day at the school to pay his expenses and attend classes the other half. That school was John Brown in Siloam Springs.
With his high school diploma in hand, he moved to Washington, DC in 1930 and pursued an undergraduate degree at George Washington University and at the Benjamin Franklin University. He earned a J.D. degree in law from American University and was a long-time member of the District of Columbia Bar Association. Drafted as a Private in the armed forces during World War II, Col. Patrum continued to serve for many years afterwards in the US Air Force Reserve. He was also employed by the Washington Gaslight Company, the U.S. Department of Commerce, and the Central Intelligence Agency. He attended S. Albans Episcopal Church and served many years as a member of the Ushers Guild. His wife of 49 years, Elizabeth Thompson Patrum of Warrenton, Virginia, passed away in 1991. Col. Patrum passed away in 2010.