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Pat Curtis Bodin

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Hammond native Pat Curtis Bodin spends her retirement years as an accomplished competitive ballroom dancer.

She was the chief information officer for Exxon/Mobil for many years before retiring in 2008 as a vice president with the company. Since then, she has taken up ballroom dancing as a hobby.

"I wanted to be a professional dancer when I was in high school, but my dad told me that I had too many brains in my head to make a living with my feet. So I ended up as a math major at LSU and a career in IT and finance with ExxonMobil," she related.

She loves to dance competitively with her instructor, which they have done for the last six years. They have attended more than 30 competitions nationally, including in Hawaii and Puerto Rico. She dances three major dance styles: American Rhythm, American Smooth and International Latin. She knows about 15-20 choreographed routines that she regularly performs.

Her major ballroom achievements include being the winner of the U.S. Dancesport Championship Circuit (which means overall winner of 16 different competitions across the nation), ranked number one in Texas for all styles, ranked number one in rhythm dancing for the central U.S. region and ranked number seven out of 3,700 competitors in the U.S. for all styles.

Bodin is a graduate of Hammond High School where she was class valedictorian in 1968. She graduated from LSU and was named 2014 Alumni of the Year and has served as a commencement speaker. She now lives in Houston with her husband, Dr. Eric Bodin.