Dr. Allan Patch

Dr. Allan Patch
Dr. Allan Patch

I am a writer – but writing is something I came to later in life, focusing first on education, career, and family. 

My love for history began early.  Growing up in a family of nine children near Plymouth, Massachusetts and educated in Boston, the heritage of our country and the sacrifice of the Founding Fathers was a living, breathing part of my life.  The history that surrounded me was, for me, always a stirring and vivid study.

Always interested in both science and the arts, but leaning toward the practical in my early career choice, I receive a B.S. in Biology from Boston College and a DMD degree From Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. Seeking professional and life experience, in 1982 I joined the U.S. Navy, receiving my commission aboard the oldest active duty ship in the fleet at that time, the USS Constitution.  Yes, I am dating myself here.

Following active duty, I entered private practice and continued to serve in the Naval Reserve, stationed in Naval Hospitals and deployed with the United States Marine Corps. When I retired from the Navy with the rank of Captain, my retirement flag flew over the decks of the USS Constitution.  Many great experiences and profound friendships grew out of those twenty-six years of service.

But my interest in history and its lessons never waned, and it was not restricted to our shores. History has so much to teach us, and ancient history, especially of the Greek and Roman periods, has not only proved fascinating but has also provided fertile ground for my fiction. 

When I’m not working or writing, I serve as a board member of the Friends of Classics at San Diego State University and a member of the Hellenic Society of San Diego. With education a key to bringing to life the lessons of the past, I am also is a judge for San Diego County History Fair.

I live in one of the most beautiful cities on earth, sunny San Diego with my wife and two children.   I play tennis and still love baseball. Early days on the pitcher's mound and throwing right and left-handed, still has me dreaming of pitching against the Yankees in Fenway Park.

Exploring the confluence of past, present, and future and the part history plays in who we are and who we will be, PASSAGE AT DELPHI is the first in a novel my new series. Hoping you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing, I look forward to your feedback.