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January 13, 2013
My deepest sympathy to the family of Eugene Patterson. His writing, courage, and standards should be emulated by all who wish to pursue a career in journalism.
January 13, 2013
I will always remember Gene Patterson as an inspiration. I was lucky to meet him when I first joined The Poynter Media Institute for Media Studies (then Modern Media Institute). What an exampla, guiding light and mentor he was to all of us. He inspired through his words and deeds so that we would all pursue a better quality journalism. He represents the very best of a golden era of American journalism and his enormous contributions will continue to serve as the foundation and inspiration for those who seek to practice our noble profession to the highest standards. He will be missed.
January 13, 2013
Years and years ago, when I worked for Randy Wedding, I designed a master closet for Mr. Patterson and his wife. They were the most down to earth people I ever met - truly lovely and wonderful to work with. I was in awe of Mr. Patterson as I knew his background and history. When I moved to Atlanta, I learned evern more. A truly great man has passed: my deepest sympathy to his friends and family.
January 13, 2013
The highlight of my 39 years in the Times newsroom was being able to work with Gene, discussing with him daily what the top stories of the world were and why I had designed 1-A as I had.

Only once did he overrule me: The first on-the-surface photo from a Mars explorer was a blurry, orange thing that I didn't want to print. He simply said, "Bob, that's a photo from MARS. Let's run that.'' We did.

My other favorite memory, which illustrated his down-to-earth approach, especially about himself: The New York Times once profiled the St. Petersburg Times and described Gene's newsroom demeanor -- and stature -- as resembling Jimmy Cagney.

When I asked Gene what he thought of this, he chuckled and said, "No, more like Mickey Rooney.''

He was a visionary who inspired countless journalists. We who got to work with him are forever blessed.
January 13, 2013
Not only was he a great journalist, Gene was a thoroughly decent human being. I was honored to work with him for many years. We need more like him.
January 13, 2013
R.I.P. Eugene Patterson
Thanks for the memories.
January 13, 2013
To my friend Mary. Granddaughters Laura, Molly, Emily and Eugene's sister, Anne Facer. May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.You are in my thoughts and prayers.
January 13, 2013
Gene Patterson was a larger than life figure to many of us who knew him from the outer row of his existence. He treated all of those in his environment with respect and dignity. His influence will long survive him, and he will be sorely missed.

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