Obituary of Lieutenant Patrick B. Romine


A Battery, 2nd Battalion 94th Artillery, Lieutenant Patrick B. Romine

served in Vietnam with the Battalion from 1968-1969





After a courageous and resolute eight month battle with pancreatic cancer, Patrick B. Romine, Dean and Executive Director of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Phoenix, died on Friday, August 6, 2004.


He was born August 23, 1945, in Long Beach California, and grew up in Lander, Wyoming. His collegiate pursuits were interrupted by service in the US Army, where he attended Officer Candidate School, served in Vietnam, and was decorated with numerous medals, including the Bronze Star. Upon completing active duty, he resumed his studies at the University of Wyoming and earned a B.S. and M.S. in Psychology, and a Ph.D. in Counselor Education.


As a licensed psychologist, he worked in consulting as well as in private practice until the late 1980’s when he began his career with the University of Phoenix. In the years that ensued, he was devoted to teaching and developing courses and programs that combined accessibility, academic rigor and professional standards. He conceived, created, launched and administered innovative, accredited, nationally recognized programs at both the graduate and undergraduate level. These include the Master of Counseling with specializations in Mental Health, Community Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy, and School Counseling. His undergraduate programs include the Bachelor of Science in Human Services, Human Services Management, and Criminal Justice Administration.


While he leaves a legacy of significant academic and professional contributions to Counseling, higher education, and students at the University of Phoenix, he will be remembered especially for his intellect and unfailing wit, his unique sense of humor, and an inimitable joie de vivre. These were all underpinned with a warmth, generosity, authenticity and informality that suffused both his personal and professional relationships.


His vision and creativity further expressed themselves in his passion for large format, black and white photography. He combined his great love of the outdoors with this avocation, and so trekked to places of unspoiled natural beauty and dramatic forms, environs that provided artistic inspiration, as well as serenity and personal renewal. The Grand Canyon was among his favorite destinations and he hiked it at every opportunity in the company of his most treasured companions.


He is survived by his wife Barbara Allen, his daughters Rebecca Romine of Seattle WA, and Leah Romine (Machen) of Redondo Beach, CA, and two grandsons, Zachary and Sean Machen.  Additional surviving family members are his mother Patricia Romine, brothers Jim and Mike Romine, sister Sue (Romine) Black, all in Wyoming, and sister Saly (Romine) Umber of Texas. His California sisters are Karen (Hall) Shahan, Cindy (Hall) Cabrera and Lindy (Hall) Miller.


His wife and family wish to express their profound appreciation to the multitude of friends and colleagues whose outpouring of support, encouragement and accommodation fortified his unyielding determination to survive his cancer. Special thanks are also extended to the staff at Hospice of the Valley/Arbor House. Their expert and compassionate care ensured that he could be continuously surrounded by his loved ones during the final week of his life.


Though no funeral or interment will take place, a commemoration of his life will be held on what would have been his 59th birthday. Friends, colleagues and associates are cordially invited to attend a memorial celebration on Monday August 23, 2004 between 4:30-7:30 PM at the University of Phoenix’s Shaffer Conference Room, 4605 E. Elwood, Phoenix, Arizona. A “Patrick B. Romine Memorial Scholarship” has been established in his memory at the University of Phoenix. Contributions to this scholarship may be made in lieu of other forms of tribute by contacting the University’s Alumni Network Foundation ( (800) 795-2586.


Additional information on the memorial gathering and scholarship can be obtained by contacting Lyn Marquis at (800)795-2586.