Albert M. Patten, M.D., a Denver internal medicine physician for five decades, died on February 01, 2017. He was in the company of his son Albert III and daughter in-law Sarah (Boyle). He died peacefully at his home in Denver where he had lived for sixty-eight years. Born on February 27, 1916 and raised in Topeka, KS, Albert Patten was a graduate of Washburn University where he and his future wife were fellow students. Dr. Patten's dear wife, Betty Jane (Elden), died in 2005. Albert M. Patten received his M.D. in 1942 from Cornell University Medical School in New York City. He would recount his days as a young resident making house calls there. He remembered walking the streets in Harlem - often at night and during the early morning hours - to deliver babies and care for patients. Dr. Patten served as a Medical Officer in the U. S. Navy following the Korean War. He was assigned to the USS Yorktown, the USS Mitchell and later to the Naval Hospital in San Diego, CA. Following his U.S. Navy service, Dr. Patten and his family returned to Denver, where he resumed his private medical practice. His clinical affiliation was at St. Luke's Hospital - now Presbyterian/St. Luke's. Dr. Patten was an avid narrow gauge railroad enthusiast and an early member of the Rocky Mountain Railroad Club in Denver, CO. Dr. Patten was also a dedicated fifty-year member of the Denver Lions Club where he formed many life-long friendships. Dr. Patten is survived by daughter Carolyn Banda (Phillip), by son Albert III (Sarah Boyle), and by four grandchildren, Margaret Banda, and Austin, Laura and Garrett Patten. A private family service has been held.
Published in Denver Post on Apr. 16, 2017.