Cecil L. “Pat” Patterson, former vice chancellor for academic affairs at North Carolina Central University in Durham, died earlier this month. He was 96 years old.
Holding master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Patterson joined the faculty at what is now North Carolina Central University in 1950 as an assistant professor of English. He rose through the ranks to full professor and also served as dean of the Undergraduate School and director of the Honors College.
Dr. Patterson retired in 1986 after 36 years on the university’s faculty. He was granted the title of professor emeritus and was awarded an honorary degree from the university in 1988.