Patterson, William Presbury III

Male 1916 - 2018  (101 years)

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  • Name Patterson, William Presbury 
    Suffix III 
    Born 22 Aug 1916  Baltimore, MD Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Census 1930  Baltimore, MD Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • 1930 United States Federal Census about William P Patterson
      Name: William P Patterson
      Gender: Male
      Birth Year: abt 1917
      Birthplace: Maryland
      Race: White
      Home in 1930: Baltimore, Baltimore , Maryland
      Marital Status: Single
      Relation to Head of House: Son
      Father's Birthplace: Maryland
      Mother's Name: Katherine Patterson
      Mother's Birthplace: Maryland
      Household Members:
      Name Age
      Katherine Patterson 46
      William P Patterson 13
      Mary E Patterson 11
      Mary S Harrison 25
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    _UID 2404B999A8C24037B1D8D5377FA87BD76946 
    Died 9 Mar 2018 
    Buried Santa Barbara, CA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Santa Barbara Cemetery
    Person ID I5571  Buyer, Stier and Related Families
    Last Modified 6 Oct 2019 

    Father Patterson, John Hawkins II,   b. Abt 1881,   d. 1925  (Age ~ 44 years) 
    Mother Keys, Mary Katherine,   b. Abt 1888 
    _UID FE668A671E784E17A9AAE957C9DD75100ED8 
    Patterson John Keys Mary marriage
    Patterson John Keys Mary marriage
    balt american 1911-01-08
    Family ID F1927  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Johnson, Virginia,   b. 14 Apr 1917, Baltimore, MD Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Nov 2012  (Age 95 years) 
    Married 1937 
    _UID 30069C21BC6E4FE6BCC55A321AA81D0C4A44 
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     2. Patterson, John Hawkins III,   b. 3 Mar 1943, Baltimore, MD Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Jul 2010, Fairbanks, AK Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years)
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    Last Modified 4 Jun 2013 
    Family ID F1930  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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  • Notes 
    • William "Bill" Presbury Patterson was born in Baltimore Maryland to John Hawkins and Katherine Keyes Patterson. He attended Roland Park School, Polytechnic High, and graduated from Lehigh University in 1937 with a BS in Mechanical Engineering. Married in 1937 to his next door neighbor and childhood sweetheart, Bill and Virginia "Ginny", were blessed with a 75 year marriage.

      Bill's life covered 10 decades of incredible changes. His first memory is of Armistice Day 1918 and his last, the debris floods in Montecito that took his home of 40 years. Bill passed on March 9th, 2018. Ginny passed November 22, 2012. His love for Ginny never ceased and the family wishes to think of them together again.

      Bill's accomplishments were as varied as his career and life experiences. From electrical engineering in Schenectady, NY for General Electric and working on steam turbines in 1937 , to graduate U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Aberdeen, MD., to active WWII combat service in North Africa and Italy with the 88th Infantry Division, one of the first reactivated reserve divisions after the draft of 1940. Bill served as a Commanding Officer of the 42nd Ordnance Battalion in Italy. Known as the "Fighting Blue Devils" the 88th saw combat in the Rome-Arno, Apennines, and Po Valley engagements. After the war, Bill and Ginny, with two small children, returned to Austria where Bill served as Commanding Officer of the 52nd Ordnance Battalion during reconstruction.

      Bill, under the GI Bill, attended Massachusetts Institute of Technology, as a Regular Army Officer, obtaining an Electrical Engineer Professional Degree and a MS in Electrical Engineering. Bill never forgot the Alps he saw during the Italian Campaign, and to be closer to the mountains, the family moved in 1950 when Bill took a position as Chief of Technical Staff, at White Sands Proving Grounds, New Mexico. He was responsible for organization and direction of all government operated laboratories and testing for the newly developing guided missile systems. In 1954 when Bill's tour of duty was over at White Sands, he choose to leave the military and move to California where he had been courted by the bourgeoning aerospace industries in Southern California, in particular Radioplane, a division of Northrop Aircraft and United Electrodynamics in Pasadena. From here, professional life had many changes: development and sales of microwave diodes in 1963 to independent engineering consultant of major technical system proposals and business ventures, to environmental impact assessment consulting from 1980-1984 as chief engineer with HDR Ecoscience Division, Santa Barbara. Bill maintained a private consulting practice in systems engineering and project management into the 1990s.

      The move to California all may have been in the plan to be closer to the Sierra Nevada which reminded him of the Alps. Bill took up backpacking in the 1950's and introduced his children and grandchildren to the High Sierras into his 90's. Bill hiked the Rae Lake Loop for his 80th birthday. In retirement, Bill and Ginny spent every summer for 30 years at Woods Lodge, Lake George, Mammoth Lakes.

      Bill is survived by his children Joan Schulman, Thomas Patterson, Nancy Greenough, and Sara Brown. Son John Patterson passed in 2010. Bill and Ginny leave many loved grandchildren and great grandchildren.