by Cynthia Dodd Adcock, National Housing Conference and Center for Housing Policy
The housing community is mourning the loss of a beloved member. “Patty” Traugott Rouse, the wife of Columbia’s founder James Rouse, passed away on Monday, March 5 according to officials at Enterprise Community Partners, the organization founded by the couple 30 years ago. Mrs. Rouse was honored by the National Housing Conference in 1998 as Housing Person of the Year.
Patty Rouse, left, NHC Housing Person of the Year in 1998,
at podium during the 2008 NHC Gala. At right is Doris Koo,
former president and CEO of Enterprise Community Partners.
Conrad Egan, NHC’s former president and CEO, said, “Patty Rouse was a special friend and supporter of NHC.
“Along with and then beyond Jim Rouse, her vision and values and strong guidance for affordable housing, community vitalization and social progress certainly earn her the distinction to be honored and remembered as a true houser.”
James Rouse died in 1996 at 81.
Read more about the life and contributions of Patty Rouse here.