April 1, 2009
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - To honor a legacy of hard work and dedication to the University of Alabama by the late Eugenia Patton "Pat" Faucett, the Women's Softball Press Box was aptly named the "Pat Faucett Softball Press Box" in a ceremony held Wednesday at the softball complex.
Faucett, who passed away in April 2006, began her career at The University in 1971 and worked for more than 25 years in the Office of Academic Affairs, the President's Office, and the College of Arts and Sciences. Former University president Roger Sayers, who worked with Faucett for almost her entire University career, speaks highly of Faucett as a co-worker and a friend.
"Pat was quite a dedicated employee of this University," Sayers said. "She was extremely capable, very well-organized, and very precise in her work. It's appropriate that her name is now associated with women's softball. Pat strived for excellence in every way, just like our women's softball program."
The naming of the press box in Faucett's memory was made possible by a generous gift to the Crimson Tide Foundation from the Community Foundation of West Alabama, a major benefactor of Faucett's estate. The Community Foundation of West Alabama, established in 1999, promotes charitable giving to build a permanent pool of charitable capital for West Alabama communities in an eight-county area.
Dorothy "Dot" Martin, who worked alongside Faucett for many years, feels the naming right is well-deserved.
"Pat always loved the University of Alabama and she always wanted the absolute best for it," said Martin, who is in her 42nd year at the Capstone. "I can't think of a better way to honor her memory."
The Pat Faucett Press Box isn't the only softball-related room named after a member of the Faucett family. In June 2006 Pat Faucett's first cousin, Sam Faucett, made a donation to the Crimson Tide Foundation to name the head softball coach's office in honor of his wife, Leslie Wood Faucett.
"We continue to be amazed by the dedication and loyalty to our program by the entire Faucett family," said Alabama head softball coach Pat Murphy. "First, Sam's gift and now, the Community Foundation's gift in Pat's memory. These speak volumes about what type of love and support the Faucett family has for the University, the Athletic Department, and our softball program."
The naming of the softball press box is one of many naming opportunities available through gifts to the Crimson Tide Foundation.