Dr. Patterson was a member of the seminary's founding group, served early as president and professor, and was a member of the Board of Trustees at the time of his death on Oct. 27th. He was a major contributor to the seminary, including donations for both general operations and our capital campaign.
He was academic dean, dean of faculty, chairman of the Department of Chemistry and professor of chemistry at nearby Furman University, where he retired in 1988 after 34 years. Dr. Patterson was a NASA project scientist and the author of Principles of Chemistry. He was a key leader of the Greenville-Anderson Creation Study Group. He served on boards for Bethany Christian Services and Bailey Manor Retirement Home.
Dr. Patterson was one of the organizers of the Presbyterian Church in America. He was a ruling elder for 42 years at Second Presbyterian Church in Greenville, teaching every book in the Bible during his Sunday school classes. His family spans five generations with that congregation.
Born in Greenville County, Dr. Patterson was a graduate of Easley High School and continued his studies at Furman University where he earned his Bachelor's Degree in chemistry. He received his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina and another Ph.D. from Westminster Theological Seminary.
|Dr. Patterson presenting honorary doctorate hood to|
his Pastor Richard Phllips during the
2012 GPTS Commencement
Committal service was held Friday, October 31 at Graceland West Cemetery, with Dr. Joseph A. Pipa, Jr., GPTS president, and Dr. Gordon K. Reed officiating. A worship service followed at Second Presbyterian Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Second Presbyterian Church, 105 River St., Greenville, SC 29601.
Surviving are his daughters: Sue P. Godwin of Bluefield, W.V. and Jane P. Stillman of Travelers Rest, S.C.; son: Charles F. (Chuck) Patterson of River Falls, S.C.; sister: Erma Atkison of Fountain Inn, S.C.; brother: Truett Patterson of Johnson City, Tenn.; grandchildren: Matthew Godwin, Stuart Godwin, Farrell Stillman and Rachel Stillman Berens; great-granddaughter: Leanna Berens. He was preceded in death by his wife, Anne Earle Patterson.Online condolences may be expressed to the family at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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|Dr. Charles Stuart Patterson (1930-2014)|