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William Brown Patterson, American University dean, history educator. Ordained to ministry Episcopal Church as deacon, 1958, as priest, 1959.


Patterson, William Brown was born on April 8, 1930 in Charlotte, North Carolina, United States. Son of William Brown and Eleanor Selden (Miller) Patterson.


Bachelor, University South, 1952. Master of Arts, Harvard University, 1954. Doctor of Philosophy, Harvard University, 1966.

Certified educational management, Harvard University, 1982. Bachelor, Oxford University, England, 1955. Master of Arts, Oxford University, England, 1959.

Master of Divinity, Episcopalian Division School, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1958.


Assistant professor of history, Davidson (North Carolina) College, 1963-1966; associate professor, Davidson (North Carolina) College, 1966-1976; professor of history, Davidson (North Carolina) College, 1976-1980; dean College Arts and Sciences, U. South, Sewanee, Tennessee, 1980-1991; professor of history, U. South, Sewanee, Tennessee, since 1980.


  • Ordained to ministry Episcopal Church as deacon, 1958, as priest, 1959.



Trustee University South, 1968-1971. Member international advisory committee University Buckingham, England, 1977-1993. President Southern College and University Union.

Organizer Associated Colleges of South, 1988-1989. Member American History Association, American Society Church History (Albert C. Outler prize for best book in ecumenical church history 1999), North America Conference on British Studies, Ecclesiastical History Society England, Royal History Society England, Southern History Association, Society for Values in Higher Education, Episcopal Division School Alumni/ae Association (member executive committee 1984-1987), Phi Beta Kappa, Beta Theta Pi.


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: gardening, tennis.


Married Evelyn Byrd Hawkins, November 27, 1959. Children: William Brown Patterson, Evelyn Byrd Donatelli, Lucy Patterson Murray, Emily Patterson Higgs.

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Eleanor Selden (Miller) Patterson

Evelyn Byrd Hawkins

Emily Patterson Higgs Patterson

Lucy Patterson Murray Patterson

Evelyn Byrd Donatelli Patterson

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