November 11, 2022 - On this Veterans Day, Sargent & Lundy expresses heartfelt gratitude to its U.S. veterans and their families. It’s an opportunity to acknowledge that their contributions to our national security are appreciated and accentuate that all those who served – not only those who died – have sacrificed and done their duty for our country.
We’re especially proud of the many veterans working at Sargent & Lundy. Many are retired from military service, have served admirably for one or more tours of duty, or are serving in the National Guard or Reserve. We are grateful for their dedication to our country and our company.
While Veterans Day is largely intended to thank living veterans for their service, we also remember and honor those of the past. One such veteran was Robert William Patterson, who served as Sargent & Lundy’s CEO from 1977 to 1983. During World War II, Patterson served our country as a member of the 386th Infantry Regiment of the 97th Infantry Division. He was shot by a German sniper in 1945 while stationed in what was once Czechoslovakia (currently the Czech Republic) and ultimately received a Purple Heart for his injuries.
After such honorable military service, Patterson earned a mechanical engineering degree from Northwestern University in 1947 and joined Sargent & Lundy. He retired in 1983 and died in 2018 at the age of 95. We are grateful for his contributions, and we were proud to see Patterson recently featured as the “Veteran of the Day” on the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ website.
To all those who honorably served: We owe you our thanks – but more than that, we owe you our freedom.