Patti Seely Holyoke Community College Alum

Patti Seely


Holyoke, Mass.


Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN), Class of 1976

Captain Paul H. Racine '72 was born and raised in Ward 4 on Dwight Street in Holyoke. His daughter Patricia "Patti" Seely '76 recounts, "When WWII came, he left school to enlist as an airplane mechanic. After the war, he became an auxiliary police officer, then a beat cop, and he earned his GED and then earned his associate degree at HCC. "

The year after he graduated from HCC, she enrolled at HCC in the Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program. "His proudest moment was seeing me graduate from HCC and become a registered nurse, " Patti said.

Racine subsequently earned a bachelor's degree in criminal justice at Western New England College and was appointed captain and commanding officer of the 4 p.m.-midnight shift for the Holyoke Police Department.

In 2012, Patti decided to endow a scholarship in her father's memory to honor his love of learning. "In some fields of study, coming to HCC is an end point. For others, it is a stepping stone to further education. Everybody has to start somewhere. HCC gave my father and me the opportunity to make something better of our lives."


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