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The Honorable Ernest H. Patterson, Sr.
August 13, 1920 – April 23, 1974 







     I rise formally to announce the death of Ernest Harold Patterson, a member of the Montgomery County Bar, on April 23, 1974, at the age of fifty-three. It is an honor and a privilege to have been invited to present this Memorial Minute. 

     Ernest Harold Patterson was affectionately known to his many friends and associates as Pat. He was one of three children born to Arthur and Elsie Patterson in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, on August 13, 1920. 

     After graduation from Olney High School in Philadelphia where he was active in sports, band and the glee club, he entered Temple University and graduated in 1942 with a B. S. degree, after which he was commissioned to the United States Navy. Incidentally, Pat’s deceased younger brother, Carl, was the head of the Gymnastics Department of Temple University where Sammy Davis Junior, had been one of his students. Mr. Davis initiated a memorial service for Carl Patterson last July and raised a substantial sum of money for the athletic department of the University. Pat was an excellent tennis player and excelled in his other hobby of sailing. 

     Ernest Harold Patterson served in the Pacific during World War II as Aerology Officer on the USS SALAMANA. He was also an assistant to Rear Admiral Howard T. Orville in the Office of the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Air. He was released from active duty in 1949. While serving in Washington, D. C., Pat and Mary Smith were married September 6,1947. Two sons and a daughter were born of their marriage; Gary, who was a naval officer, is studying in the University of Maryland for a masters; Craig is a teacher of industrial arts in the Bel Air public schools and Carla is a sophomore in the University of Maryland. Pat’s widow Mary, his children and their wives, together with his father and his sister, Ruth Berlinger, are present today. 

     After release from active duty in the Navy, Ernest Harold Patterson matriculated in the Columbus University Law School and received his LLB Degree in 1952. He practiced law in the Washington Metropolitan area for twenty years. He engaged in innumerable hearings and trials involving nearly every phase of general practice. He was the senior partner of the law firm of Koepenick, Patterson and Schuman of Bethesda. From my personal association with Pat over a period of some twenty-five years, in the active practice of law and from my observations of him from the bench, I observed that his strong convictions required loyalty to the law as it was declared to be and he was not one to twist it to fit every new theory. Many a lawyer and judge has noted his tenacity and persistence in expounding a position. When convinced of the justice of his case, he was a tireless and formidable opponent. Pat Patterson was a very charitable man and his reputation in the profession for honesty and fair dealing was beyong reproach. 

     He was a family man who did not let his practice and hobbies interfere with his family life. It was part of his philosophy to put family, home and country first. Ernest Harold Patterson was a man of sterling character and sparkling Americanism. May I say to his bereaved family, and to the families of our other departed brethren: May the Lord comfort you. 

     If it please Your Honors, I move that this Memorial Minute be placed upon the permanent records of this Honorable Court, and that a copy thereof be furnished to Mr. Patterson’s family.


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