Friday, November 7, 2014

Dr. Stuart Patterson Taken Home to Glory

The Greenville Seminary community commemorates with both earthly sorrow and heavenly joy the passing into Glory of Dr. C.Stuart Patterson, after a long illness. He was 84.

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
His long-time defense of a six-day creation view was expressed ably in a chapter of the GPTS book Did God Create in Six Days? In a chapter entitled "Evidences for a Young Earth," he provided a concise summary of evidences pertinent to the age of the Earth. The chapter was transcribed from his lecture at the 1999 GPTS Spring Theology Conference. His lecture on "Scientific Evidence for a Young Earth" can be heard here.

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 thehowzemortuary@yahoo.com.
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Dr. Charles Stuart Patterson (1930-2014)