James Burns Patrick
1923 - 2017
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James Burns Patrick

Age: 93 • Staunton

James Burns Patrick, son of Joseph Cecil and Leah (Burns) Patrick, born Oct. 16, 1923 in Kansas City, MO., passed away February 26, 2017 at his home with family at his side. He was the devoted husband of Eleanor (Dean) Patrick, with whom he shared 70 years of marriage.

A graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University (PhD), he served as a combat engineer in the US Army during WWII. A noted research chemist, he worked for the National Institutes of Health and Lederle Laboratory as Antibiotic Research Scientist prior to becoming head of the Chemistry Department at Mary Baldwin College, 1967-1992, and was the first holder of the Caroline Rose Hunt Distinguished Chair of Natural Sciences. He authored 28 technical papers and held seven U.S. patents. In 1983, he was Chair of the Virginia Section of the American Chemical Society and was recipient of the ACS Distinguished Service Award.

He was the founding President of Historic Staunton Foundation, was a past president of the Augusta County Historical Society, and a member of the Forum Club and Staunton Kiwanis Club. He was also founder of the Virginia Gun Owners and Sportsmen's Alliance and a founding member of the Conservative Party of New York. He was Elder Emeritus at Tinkling Spring Presbyterian Church, where he taught Sunday School for over 40 years.

Described by a former student as a true Renaissance man, he had a wide range of interests including chess, languages (German, Latin, Greek, Russian, Chinese), woodworking, playing the violin, hunting, military history, biblical scholarship, and politics.

He was predeceased by his parents, his wife, daughter Penelope Burns Patrick Biskey, and sister Katherine Ann Patrick.

Survivors are his children Pamela (Reese Bull), Mount Solon; James C. (Charlotte), Edinburg; and Melissa of Staunton; eight grandchildren: Rachel B. Magee (James), Emily B. McCarthy (Conor), George Biskey (Ashley), James Biskey (Amanda), Christopher Ryerson, Leah Patrick, Jacob Patrick, and Curtis Patrick; a step-grandson Daniel Barb; and nine great-grandchildren.  He is also survived by sister Eileen Patrick of Clearwater, Fl. and son-in-law Alan D. Biskey.

The family wishes to thank devoted long-term care-givers Dianne Swiger and Tina Lutz who were with him to the end and the other caregivers of CareAdvantage.

Services will be Saturday, March 4 at 1:00 at Tinkling Spring Presbyterian Church. Family Visitation will be Friday, March 3, 6-8pm at Henry Funeral Home, Staunton.

Pallbearers will be Alan Biskey, Reese Bull, James Magee, Conor McCarthy, George Biskey, James Biskey and Daniel Barb. Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Staunton Kiwanis Club.

Those desiring to make memorial contributions may donate to Tinkling Spring Presbyterian Church, Mary Baldwin University, or Hospice of the Shenandoah.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.henryfuneralhome.net.

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Published in The News Leader from Mar. 1 to Mar. 4, 2017.
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March 7, 2017
My condolences to your family. I took care of Mrs. Patrick briefly with home health. My company also cared for Mr. Patrick for some therapy services. He was always so engaging, and especially would look at his wife with such a love in his eyes. Your family was a very sweet, close group. My thoughts are with you during this time.

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Wendie Colvin
March 4, 2017
I worked at that time at Mary Baldwin College. Every time he saw me he would nod his head. Never had a class with him but did projects for him in the Support Service Department for him. He was a great person.
Sonja Waters
March 3, 2017
Eleanor & family of James,
I did not know James but I was hoping to share some words of encouragement. It's never easy to lose someone you love but God promises us that we will see our loved ones again and that you will see James again. Until then may your hearts be filled with the wonderful memories of joyful times spent together as you celebrate a life well lived. Please accept my condolences.
margot w
March 2, 2017
I was asked to write an essay on the person outside my family that had the most influence on my life. Without hesitation I began to write of my Professor, Inspiration, Mentor and Friend, Dr. Patrick.
Joi Phelps Walker
March 1, 2017
My prayers and condolences to you all. Even though I was a history and religion major, I had the honor of having your father in an interdisciplinary class where he shared, not taught but shared military history of the the Middle Ages, the Renaissance and the Reformation. He was a wonderful man!
Olivia Kincaid Haney
March 1, 2017
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March 1, 2017
My thanks for sharing such a wonderful man with our Mary Baldwin community! The trumpets are blaring for such a great man to enter the pearly gates! My prayers that your memories make you smile and bring you peace, even during this difficult time.
Kelley Rexroad
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