The U’s Top Brass Speaks About Bryan Pata

Miami athletic director Paul Dee sent out the following letter today and we want to repost it at for all those who didn’t receive it:

Dear Friends,

During this time of great sadness and grief on the loss of UM student-athlete Bryan Pata, the Athletic Department has received many letters and phone calls expressing your deepest sympathies. Many of you have expressed interest in honoring the memory of Bryan and I hope that the options below will provide you an opportunity to support the Pata Family during this trying time.

The Pata Family will have a private service on Tuesday. A University memorial service will be held on campus at noon on Wednesday, November 15th at Gusman Hall.

Condolence cards for the Pata Family can be sent to:

Jeanette Pata c/o The Hurricane Club
The University of Miami
Hecht Athletic Center
5821 San Amaro Drive
Coral Gables, FL 33146-0820

For those who would like to make a memorial gift in memory of Bryan, please send gifts to The Hurricane Club PO Box 028564 Miami, FL 33102. Please note in the memo line that the gift is “In Memory of Bryan Pata”. The University of Miami Athletic Department will work with the Pata Family to develop an endowment fund in Bryan’s name at a later and more appropriate time.

Finally, I encourage you to support this team by attending our final home game against Boston College on Thanksgiving evening Thursday, November 23 at 7:30 pm. Thanksgiving is a day for family and as former athletes, donors, alumni and fans, you are part of the UM family.

Thank you for your continued support of the University of Miami Athletic Department.


Paul Dee