Ann Patton Dawson
The daughter of a Fort Smith, Arkansas historian and the wife of a
prominent judge, Ann Patton Dawson knew a lot about both history and law
enforcement. She devoted her last years to the efforts towards making
the U.S. Marshals Service Museum a reality with her service on the Board
of Directors from its inception. Her energy often rubbed off on her
fellow members. She asked the hard questions, and often brought the
focus needed to guide towards the answers. Her service on many boards
and community committees showed a devotion to the cause of
education—among them: University of Arkansas Alumni Board of Directors,
Arkansas Parks and Tourism Commission, the Fort Smith Public Library
Endowment Advisory Council, and the Conference on College Composition
and Communication. She assisted her father, J. Fred Patton, who wrote the
consummate history of Fort Smith and she was for many years custodian of
his papers. In other words, she knew how the race was run and was ideal
for the U.S. Marshals Museum Board of Directors.
Ann attended both
Hendrix College and the University of Arkansas. She became an instructor
in English and the Humanties. Her daughter Christie joined the U.S.
Marshals in 2011 with our Office of Congressional Affairs. She is
survived by her husband, three children, and four grandchildren. She
passed away on May 2, 2012 at the age of 74.