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    William C. Patterson, Georgia surgeon, 79

    William C. Patterson, brother of Times chairman emeritus Eugene Patterson, was a flight surgeon in the Korean War.

    By Times staff writer

    © St. Petersburg Times, published April 17, 2001

    William C. Patterson, a Smyrna, Ga., surgeon and brother of St. Petersburg Times chairman emeritus Eugene Patterson, died Sunday (April 15, 2001) after a long battle with prostate cancer. He was 79.

    Dr. Patterson grew up on a farm near Adel, Ga., and served in both World War II and the Korean War. He was a flight surgeon on B-29 bombing missions over North Korea and continued flying as a civilian after he left the service.

    He opened a medical practice in 1957 in Smyrna and practiced medicine there for more than 28 years.

    Dr. Patterson was also a civic activist in Cobb County, serving as a founding member of the Cobb General Hospital Authority and a founding director of United Federal Savings and Loan Association and taking an active role in a 1960s good-government group known as the "Young Turks."

    "My brother lived a large life," said Eugene Patterson. "Warrior and healer, aviator and musician, thinker and doer, he came to serve, not to be served."

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