Jerry L. Patterson Ph.D.
1934 - 2018
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March 4, 1934 - June 20, 2018 Born and raised in Littlerock, AK, Jerry attended Harvard, and graduated from Vanderbilt in the 1950s. Later in life, as an educator, he made a special connection with his students at Hollywood HS. He was a world traveler, writer of short novels and poetry, Veteran of the Korean War, he volunteered as a Minister at the Peter Pitchess Detention Center for many years and lately at hospitals for senior citizens. JP supported LACMA, The Music Center, The Opera Associates, and The Zachary Foundation. He leaves behind his beloved wife Virginia Gagan-Patterson, and 5 grandchildren, Duncan, Max, Nathaniel, Noah, and Jared. Jerry was a consummate gentleman and his manners and good nature will always be remembered!

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Published in Los Angeles Times from Jun. 24 to Jun. 26, 2018.
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November 20, 2018
Christmas 2013 the Odyssey
Pamela Gagan
October 4, 2018
Mary Ellen Merwin Frazier and son Wayne
We never met, only spoke on the phone a few time and exchange Christmas cards. My Mom, your 1st cousin told me stories of you and her in your youth. The World was a better place with you.

Your cousin,
Wayne Frazier
Wayne Frazier
September 2, 2018
Cherie Roberts
June 27, 2018
As my teacher, Dr. Patterson showed tremendous kindness, he recognized when I may have needed an extra boost of confidence. He always greeted me with "Good morning, Gina darling!" He also expressed courage on my behalf by immediately and directly addressing a horrific situation which I found myself as a young high school student. Dr. Patterson wrote a very descriptive letter detailing the situation and promised I would be safe. HE WAS MY HERO! I will miss you, Dr. Patterson.
Gina Coronel Krashna
June 26, 2018
My condolences to the family of Dr. Patterson. I was honored to be his pupils at Hollywood Hgh...My prayers to tje family
Delia Coronel
June 26, 2018
Dr. Patterson was one of the kindest, wisest, loving, leader of a man for those of us that were students at Hollywood High School. He was the consummate gentleman. We all loved him, and secretly had crushes on him. His laughter, joyful eyes, and zest for life, were contagious. A brilliant mind, his ability to engage in conversations with his students, and his kindness will always be remembered.
The Coronel family sends hugs.
Azucena Coronel
June 25, 2018
What a beautiful couple....forever
Janice Llorens
Friend
June 25, 2018
Vaya con Dios, Mr. Patterson
Janice Llorens
June 25, 2018
Please accept my most sincere condolences for your loss. Jerry was, indeed, a consummate gentleman, a scholar and a loving and attentive husband. He will be missed at all of the family gatherings. Descansa en paz, Jerry.
Janice Llorens
Friend
June 25, 2018
My favorite teacher at Hollywood High School. My condolences to the family.
Ani Kindall
June 25, 2018
IN 1970 he was the most handsome teacher at Hollywood High!
June 24, 2018
Uncle Jerry was very polite and very interesting to talk with. He traveled to every country in the world that he could get to. He comforted me when my mother passed away. He said that he believed that it was just her time and she was in a better place now. Although I will miss him dearly, I know he is in a better place now also.
Susan Milatovic
June 24, 2018
Man Of All Seasons
Ginny Gagan-Patterson
June 24, 2018
Jerry was a very kind individual. I never heard him criticize another human being. He was generous and hard working. Finally, he never complained anything even though he was in poor health, you would never know it. Rest In Peace JP
Pamela Gagan
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