J. Patrick Aikman
Graduation Year: 1957
Induction Year: 1998
Sport (s): Administration

Pat Aikman is a graduate of Dana (Ind.) High School, where he was valedictorian of his class.  Pat has long been active in the coverage of athletics.  As an undergraduate, he was sports editor and later editor of The DePauw.  He served as vice president of his fraternity, Phi Delta Theta, was a member of KTK, the Union board and president of the journalism honorary, Sigma Delta Chi. He taught history, Spanish and English in Scottland (Il.) High School from 1957-60. Then he returned to DePauw, where he was director of the News Bureau and sports information.  For 16 years he was director of the Indiana Collegiate Conference Sports Bureau in addition to his duties at DePauw.  From 1976-85, he was Director of Public Relations and the News Bureau and editor of the DePauw Alumnus magazine.  He negotiated and subsequently coordinated the establishment of the Indiana Journalism Hall of Fame at DePauw.  He is active in the Putnam County United Way, the Education Writers Association of America, and is a former director and vice president of the Putnam County Council on Aging and Aged.  He has been Community Services and Promotion Manager of the The Indianapolis Star and The Indianapolis News since 1988. One of his responsibilities is to manage and present The Star and The News’ major philanthropic event – the annual Indiana-Kentucky High School All-Star series, which is the oldest basketball series in the nation.  Pat is married to DePauw graduate, Judith Folk.  They live in Greencastle and have four grown children – all living in Atlanta, Ga.