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Dale Patrick


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Dale Patrick

Des Moines

Dale Patrick, Emeritus Professor of Religion at Drake University died of complications of leukemia at Iowa Methodist Medical Center on July 27, 2015. The funeral will be 11:00 a.m., Saturday, August 1, 2015 at Glen Echo Christian Church, of which he was a member. Burial will be in Applegate Pioneer Cemetery in Yoncalla, OR at a future date.

Born October 2, 1938 in Eugene, OR to a pioneer Oregon family, Dale Patrick received degrees from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Drew University School of Theology in Madison, NJ, and the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley CA. He taught at Missouri School of Religion and the University of Missouri-Columbia and for more than 30 years at Drake University in Des Moines. Dr. Patrick was author of more than half a dozen books and monographs, including one co-authored with Allen Scult, in addition to many articles, conference papers and book reviews. He was known in academic circles as an Old Testament scholar and specialist in Biblical Law. He was ordained to a ministry of higher education by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).

During his career, Professor Patrick and his wife worked, studied and lived in Manchester, UK; Tantur on the border between Israel and Palestine; Mount Angel Abbey in Oregon; Morija, Lesotho in southern Africa; and Tubingen, Germany. After retirement from Drake in 2009, the Patricks taught for two years at United Theological College in Harare, Zimbabwe.

Dale Patrick is survived by his wife of 54 years, Mary Patrick of Beaverdale, and by his son, Jeremy Patrick, who has lived and taught in Germany for some 20 years. He also has four surviving sisters, living in various parts of the country: Paulette (Lynn Wittwer) of Portland OR, Pamela (Gary Frank) of Berkeley CA, Patrice (Gerry Karp) of Hallandale FL and Tamara (Curt Brown) of Portland. Also surviving are a daughter-in-law and two granddaughters (Katja, Tara and Fiona Allinger) and four nieces and one nephew.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Glen Echo Christian Church or the Religion and Philosophy Department of Drake University.

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Published in Des Moines Register from July 30 to Aug. 1, 2015
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