Building a Place for History
Peggy Van Patton graduated Summa Cum Laude from the College of New Jersey with a B.A. in English Education, a M.Ed., and completed all of her course work in the English Doctoral Program at Rutgers, the State University, where she also taught as an adjunct professor at University College. Peg then went on to become a New Jersey public high school teacher. Peg served as a regular member and chairperson of her local Environmental Commission for the longest tenure in township history. Concurrently, she was the Class II representative on the Planning Board where she worked on numerous subdivision/site plan, town center, and various Master Plan subcommittees.
Peg also served on the local Open Space Advisory Committee; was appointed by the mayor to chair the Blue Ribbon Citizens Committee; Somerset County Open Space Advisory Committee; Somerset County Open Space and Farmland Preservation Trust Board; Upper Raritan 208 PAC as member Executive Steering Committee and Co-Chair Water Quality Subcommittee; Watershed Management Project, North South Branch Raritan Committee, Education Outreach Chairperson. In addition, she was chosen to be a member of the Board of Trustees and later first vice-present of the Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions (ANJEC) where she continues as a member of the Advisory Committee. Honors include induction into the international society for distinguished women teachers, Delta Kappa Gamma and a conservation award for “Environmental Achievement” from the Southbranch Watershed Association.