Friday, April 24, 2015

JUDGE ROBERT PATTERSON (July 11, 1923 – April 21, 2015)

U.S. District Judge Robert P. Patterson Jr., 91, died Tuesday after nearly three decades on the bench in New York's Southern District. 

Illustration of Judge Patterson by Elizabeth Williams 
Judge Patterson’s father, a founder of what is now Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP, was also a federal judge, getting appointed to the Southern District by President Herbert Hoover and then to the Second Circuit by President Franklin Roosevelt. Judge Patterson's father later served as U.S. secretary of war under President Harry Truman.

Patterson flew 45 missions for the U.S. Army, Air Corps United States during World War II as a navigator in B-17s and B-24 Liberators out of North Africa and England, rising to be a lead navigator and receiving the Distinguished Flying Cross.

Following the war, Patterson graduated from Harvard College in 1947 and Columbia Law School in 1950, when he embarked on a long career with several stops along the way to his arrival in the Southern District in 1988.

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