RIP Amos

Amos Patterson gave me my first job in educational technology, as a graduate assistant at Indiana University. We became friends, and spent many a long Indiana summer day/evening over corn out of his garden and beer out of his fridge. In fact, we credited a hard day in the garden with inducing the labour that brought our first son into the world. We went fishing once in awhile, but I  don’t remember catching a lot, despite Amos’s certainty that we always would. He was also a pretty good poker player, but then, anyone is pretty good compared to me. I lost touch with Amos in recent years, following his retirement, but I’ll always remember his kindness, good humour, and buoyant spirit.


PATTERSON Dr. Amos C. Dr. Amos C. Patterson, former University of Toledo, Dean of Student Affairs. Dr. Amos C. Patterson, 68, of Metamora, OH, passed away at the St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center, Sunday, February 13, 2011. He was born in Sallisaw, OK, November 2, 1942. Dr. Patterson was a graduate of Indiana University, where he received his bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees. Dr. Patterson joined the faculty of UT in 1974, over the years he served as the Director of off Campus Education, and as an advisor to graduate and doctoral students majoring in education. Dr. Patterson also directed many master’s theses and doctoral dissertations. While at the University of Toledo, he was honored as Teacher of the Year in 1980, Advisor of the Year in 1993, and University College Fellow in 1997. Dr. Patterson retired in 1999. Amos was a longtime member of the Toledo Bridge Club. He was a member of the Northwest Ohio Action Shooters; Amos loved shooting all types of weapons, and had authored a book on target shooting. Amos is survived by his loving wife, Karen A. Patterson; daughters, Ginny (Kent) Gapen of Queen Creek, AZ, and Amy (Vic) Wirtz of Bay Village, OH; step-daughters Kelly Ann (Tony) Petrosino of Tiffin, OH, and Lorie Kay Eikenbary of Bluffton, OH; grandchildren, Craig, Curtis, Corey, Kaitlin, Collin, Andy, Laura, Ann Marie, Hayden, Anthony, Brady, Logan, Landon, and Lathen; and brothers, Marion “Butch” and Herman Patterson; former spouse, Nancy (Weger) Gerard. He was preceded in death by his wife, Elaine S. Patterson; and brothers, Earl and Pat Patterson. Friends may call at the Reeb Funeral Home, 5712 N. Main St. Sylvania, OH, Wednesday, February 16th from 4 – 8 p.m., where funeral services will be held Thursday at 11 a.m., interment will follow at Amboy Cemetery. Those wishing to give memorials, in lieu of flowers, are asked to consider, The Elaine and Amos Patterson Scholarship Fund, C/O The University of Toledo 2801 W. Bancroft, Ms #319, Toledo, OH, 43606 or the Center for Principled Family Advocacy C/O Sarah Gabinet 1375 E. 9th Street, 20th floor, Cleveland, OH, 44414, or the Hospice Foundation for Fulton and Williams Counties, 230 Westfield Dr, Archbold, OH, 43502. Family and friends wishing to share a memory of Amos, or offer a condolence to his family are encouraged to do so at:

Published in Toledo Blade from February 15 to February 16, 2011


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