Patricia Hilton was born in Agra, Uttar Pradesh and after her schooling attended St. Bede's College, Shimla for her Teachers' Training Certificate Course. She excelled in sport and academics, winning college colours in hockey, basketball and athletics. She received the prestigious "Best All Round Student" award for demonstrating excellence in leadership, character and sport. She also captained the women's hockey team of Uttar Pradesh.
Patricia went on to pursue a career in education and completed a Master of Arts in History from Agra University and Bachelor of Education from M.D. University Rohtak. She taught at La Martiniere College for Girls, Lucknow, The Frank Anthony Public School, New Delhi and with the Ministry of Education, Oman.
Patricia is married to Rotarian Past District Governor David Hilton (RI District 3080). In 1985, Patricia and her husband moved to Dehradun where they joined Hilton's School and have spent the last 30+ years growing and developing the school into an institution of high repute.
Being proud citizens of Dehradun, Patricia and David have been engaged citizens who have always been actively involved in service and development programs in their local community and at the national and international level.
Among the many organizations that Patricia devotes her time, energy and resources to are :
- Member, Inner Wheel Club of Dehradun
- Member, Rotary Club of Dehradun
- Secretary, The All India Anglo Indian Association, Dehradun Branch
- Founder Member and Past President of the Young Womens' Christian Association (YWCA), Dehradun Branch
- Member, LIC Committee in Uttarakhand for Sexual Harassment of women in the workplace
- Member of the Friends of the Doon Society
- Member, The Experiment in International Living
- Member, Hilton's School Society
Patricia has been a member of the Association of Inner Wheel Clubs in India since 2001 and has had an incredible journey within the organization. She has held various posts at the club, district and national level and is honoured to be the 42nd President of the Association of Inner Wheel Clubs of India in 2017-18.
Patricia had attended several Conventions, Triennials, South Asia Rallies at various places over the years.
Patricia believes in the power of women collaborating to bring about effective societal change and regards Inner Wheel as an important platform to achieve this purpose together with the friendships and opportunities to serve.
Patricia has volunteered significant time and resources in projects of her club in Dehradun, nationally as well as internationally for Inner Wheel and other service organisations. She has hosted Rotary Group Study Exchange teams from Australia, USA and Argentina; organized Medical Camps for people in need; supported the Pulse Polio eradication and National Immunisation Day campaign and the Rotary India Literacy Mission TEACH Programme.
Patricia participated in a Friendship exchange with Rotarians in Sarasota, USA and attended the Rotary International Training Assembly at San Diego, USA in January, 2015. With her husband she has attended International Rotary Conventions and Zonal Training Institutes in India and abroad. She has also volunteered on Rotary Medicare Missions beyond borders to Malawi and Rwanda in 2015-16.
As a Major donor to the Rotary Foundation she also supports numerous charities and philanthropic projects.
Patricia has immense faith in the power of Inner Wheel to bring about significant sustainable change and continues to contribute to and participate in these humanitarian programs in the service of the community.
Patricia and David have two children a daughter, Melissa, a chartered accountant and son Roger a sales and marketing executive with Colgate Palmolive, Australia.