Robert Price and Patricia Roscoe. Photo credit:

Author and philanthropist Robert Price and architect and international tourism advocate Patricia L. Roscoe have been selected to receive honorary doctorate degrees from San Diego State University.

The two distinguished San Diegans were scheduled to receive honorary degrees of Doctor of Humane Letters during SDSU’s commencement ceremonies May 16. About 9,300 students are expected to participate in the school’s seven graduations May 16-18.

President Elliot Hirshman said Price and Roscoe had been extraordinary contributors to both SDSU and to the entire San Diego region.

“Robert’s and Patti’s counsel, generosity and selfless dedication to our community are models for our students to emulate,” Hirshman said. “We are grateful for their support of San Diego State University, and I am personally honored to count Robert and Patti as friends.”

Price and his family are known for founding Price Club and pioneering membership warehouse club merchandising, but SDSU officials said he also was known for his philanthropic support.

In 2000, the university and the Price Family Charitable Fund joined forces to connect students in City Heights with university officials. That partnership ensured that Hoover High School graduates who meet required scholastic standards would be guaranteed admission to the university. The team also developed a scholarship program for inner city students who mentor younger kids, according to university officials.

Price will become a second generation honorary degree recipient. His father, Sol, received the award in 2003.

University officials described Roscoe as a “hard working, civic-minded, community and industry icon,” and a “woman dedicated to the preparation of the next generation of leaders.”

Roscoe grew her business, PRA Destination Management Company, from a local firm to an international business. She also co-founded SDSU’s L. Robert Payne School of Hospitality and Tourism Management and helped raise more than $20 million to support it.

Roscoe continues to support the Payne School through her seat on the Board of Advisers, mentors students and uses her professional relationships to develop internship and employment opportunities. She is also on the board for SDSU’s Campanile Foundation, according to the university.

 – City News Service

Show comments