NEWS & EVENTS
W.J. "Bill" Patterson
May 19 , 1941-November 22, 2015
Bill Patterson died suddenly at his home in Dallas on November 22, 2015 at age 74. The son of Reverend Lloyd and Etta Patterson, he leaves a brother and sister-in-law, David and Carol Patterson, of Rockville, Maryland; two nephews Robert and Edward Patterson; and a niece, Beatrice Patterson Kuykendall and her family of Dallas, Texas. Bill had friends throughout the Metroplex, and “cyber-friends” throughout the country. He was a generous, caring, forthright, highly intelligent, extremely articulate person who was always open to new ideas and differing opinions. All who knew him miss him greatly.
Bill was a brilliant, multi-degreed mathematician with a long and distinguished career in computer programming at IBM Corporation and a deep passion for all things musical. He generously supported the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the Dallas Opera, and the Dallas Recorder Society throughout the years he lived in Dallas. Bill played the recorder beautifully and enhanced other players' experience with his many (often challenging!) arrangements for this instrument. He was an early and faithful member and director of the Dallas Recorder Society, founded in 1976, and through the years he attended and supported many Texas early music workshops.
Bill was the quintessential night owl, spending many nights searching newspapers, magazines, blogs and other internet sources for diverse and interesting information, which he then shared with a wide circle of friends. He enjoyed his highschool years in Spain while his father was an Army chaplain there, and liked to celebrate with wine and tapas on special occasions. He was always a warm, welcoming and compassionate human being who could explain even the most complex subject matter to anyone.
A Memorial Service was held on March 19th at 2 P.M. in Parchman Chapel, East Lawther Point, 2nd floor, at C. C. Young Retirement Community at 4749 W. Lawther Drive.
East Lawther Point is the first building on the left as you enter CC Young. Take the elevator to the second floor.