James Patterson

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James Patterson James Allan Patterson, age 96, of Hilton Head, SC and formerly of Columbus, Ohio, died Saturday, March 24, 2012. Preceded in death by his parents William N. Patterson and Emma Wey Patterson, sister Ferne Stobbe and son Fred W. Patterson. Jim is survived by his wife of 73 years Mary Ruth; sons: Philip F. Patterson and James A. Patterson, Jr, both of Columbus; daughter Charlotte (Tim) Hollinger, of Columbus; grandchildren: Tim (Olivia) Patterson, of Hilliard, Oh; Tammy Backenstoe, of Hilliard; Kathy Patterson, of Marysville, OH; Winfield Patterson, of San Mateo, CA; Walker (Danni) Patterson, of Atlanta, GA; Larke Patterson, of Atlanta; Charlotte (Leo) Arsenault, of Marietta, GA; Abigail Patterson, of Plain City, OH; Mike (Melissa) McCreary, of Dublin, OH; great-grandchildren: Lexi, Molli and Hayli Patterson; Alex and Sammy Backenstoe; Rylee Patterson; and Natalie and Josh McCreary; nephew Miller "Andy" Anderson, of Portland, OR; great-nephews: Zach(Diane) Thomas, Miller Hollinger, Parker Hollinger, Tyler Hollinger and Hunter Hollinger, all of Columbus; great-great nephew and nieces: Sydney, Jake and Riley Thomas. The late coach Mike Peppe built a "diving dynasty" at Ohio State and Jim Patterson might be called the cornerstone. He was the first in a long line of Buckeye springboard greats. Jim, who learned to dive off a Santa Cruz, California fishing pier, led the junior competitors in the 1933 Chicago World's Fair when he met Coach Peppe and accepted the invitation to visit Ohio State and instantly became a Buckeye. Jim became the Buckeye's first Big 10 and NCAA diving champion in 1936 and 1937 and was named to six All-American teams between 1936 and 1938. He served as co-Captain of the OSU team that became the first college team ever to win the National AAU championship (indoor and outdoor) in 1938. During his career, he never finished lower than second in Big 10 and NCAA championships. Jim originated eight dives during his OSU career, most of which were eventually placed in the NCAA rules book. In 1992, he was inducted into The Ohio State University Athletic Hall of Fame. After graduation, he dived professionally with Billy Rose's Aquacade and was Director of Diving for the Minneapolis Aquatennial for thirteen years. From 1946-1980, he owned Patterson Pools in Columbus, Ohio. In that time, he was issued seventeen patents in swimming pool design and was the originator of stainless steel swimming pools that are still standard for today's design. Jim was a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity, Varsity "O", OSU Athletic Hall of Fame, Scioto Country Club, Port Royal Golf Club, Kiwanis Club and Charity Newsies. A Memorial Reception will be held from 3:00-5:00pm. Thursday March 29, 2012 at TidePointe Club House, 700 TidePointe Way, Hilton Head, SC. In lieu of flowers, friends are asked to consider memorial contributions in Jim's memory to: The Ohio State University Foundation, 1480 West lane Avenue, Columbus, OH 43221 www.gifts@osu.edu. Send condolences for the family to: www.rutherfordfuneralhomes.com. The Island Funeral home and Home and crematory is in charge of local arrangements. On line at www.theislandfuneralhome.com

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