A Simple Way to Remember a Special Place
When William Patterson III was considering his future education, his parents had a suggestion – why not go to their alma mater? Westminster College was an ideal school for William “Bill” Patterson, Jr. (’52) and Barbara Harris Patterson (’50). Besides falling in love in the college’s biology lab, they formed life-long bonds with professors such as Jay Lees and Viola Chapman. The four years Bill and Barbara spent as Westminster students more than prepared them for their teaching careers.
Following his parents’ advice, William enrolled at Westminster in the fall of 1970. He never imagined how closely his Westminster experience would parallel that of his parents. He loved living in the dorm and, as an English major with a minor in Speech, William developed special friendships with English Professor Viola Chapman and Speech Professor Jay Lees. “Jay took me in immediately,” he said “He remembered my parents and it was exciting for me to share that history with them.”
After graduating from Westminster, William taught high school English in Salt Lake City for a time before taking a teaching position in Japan. He met and married Yuko and they have two sons, William IV and Masanori. Although the Pattersons live in California, Westminster remains close to William’s heart. In 2004, he purchased a life insurance plan and named Westminster College as the sole beneficiary. The proceeds from this plan will create the William Patterson Scholarship.
The best part of making the life insurance gift was how easy and inexpensive it was to do. “It took me only ten minutes on the Internet to find and enroll in the policy,” he said. “It means a great deal to me to help future Westminster students and it’s a wonderful tribute to my family’s history with the college.”