Pat Richter

Pat Richter BS’64 Landscape Architecture • Before he became UW–Madison’s athletic director; before he was commemorated with a bronze statue at Camp Randall; before he joined the Washington Redskins and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame, the Academic All-America Hall of Fame, the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame and the Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame; before he served as VP–Personnel at Oscar Mayer Foods; and before he went to law school, Pat Richter majored in landscape architecture at CALS.

“I’ve always been interested in the design aspects of both architecture and landscape architecture,” says Richter, who brought his love of sports into the mix by studying golf course architecture as well. After joining the NFL Richter spent several off-seasons working at the landscape architecture firm T.D. Donovan and Associates, which at the time also employed CALS professor emeritus Darrel Morrison.

Richter remembers his years at CALS as being among the best of his life. And in his retirement he pursues his continuing interest in art and design. When his eight grandchildren aren’t keeping him busy, he spends time creating glass fusion and stone sculptures.