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PATTON Dr. CHARLES B. PATTON Died peacefully on Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at his home in Great Falls, VA. He was the beloved husband of Kathy M. Patton, who preceded him in death. Dr. Patton is survived by his sister, Dr. Evelyn P. Daniel of Louisa, VA; children, Steven C. Patton of Reston, VA, Elizabeth D. Patton of Athens, GA, and William M. Patton; William's wife Virginia Emery Patton; and their son, Charles James Emery Patton of Great Falls, VA. Dr. Patton loved his children and his grandson, "little Charlie." Dr. Patton attempted to enlist in the United States Navy when he was 16 years old using his brother's Social Security card, but was denied until his mother agreed to sign for him to enlist at 17 years old. Prior to his ship service, he trained in Seattle, WA and in Panama Canal Zone. He later served as a gunner's mate on the battleship U.S.S. Nevada. He participated in the 1945 Battle of Iwo Jima. He also faced combat in Okinawa, when his ship was damaged by a Kamikaze Japanese pilot and 17 of his shipmates lost their lives. Dr. Patton served in the Navy but never learned to swim. He was granted an Honorable Discharge in 1946. He graduated from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine in 1953, after serving as the President of Alpha Psi fraternity. His generous contributions to this medical fraternity and to the University itself throughout his career in medicine were a foundation for aspiring veterinary doctors. Dr. Patton was known and admired for his lifelong support and mentoring of many young veterinary physicians. Throughout his career and life, he continued his admiration of his alma mater by his consistent and generous contributions to his fraternity and the University itself. Dr. Patton will always be remembered for his love of animals. An accomplished and compassionate Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, he founded McLean Animal Hospital in 1958, co-founded the Hope Advanced Veterinary Center in Vienna, VA in 1978, and founded the Georgetown Pike Veterinary Clinic in 1981. During his career, he was voted one year by his peers as the Best Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in the entire Commonwealth of Virginia. Dr. Patton worked until retirement in 1998. Dr. Patton's family will receive friends at Money and King Funeral Home, 171 West Maple Ave., Vienna, VA on Monday, September 25 from 6 to 8 p.m. and on Tuesday, September 26 from 10 until time of service at 11 a.m. Graveside service to follow at Andrew Chapel Cemetery, 1308 Trapp Road, Vienna, VA. A reception to honor his life will be held at 1p.m. at River Bend Country Club, 375 Walker Drive, Great Falls, VA. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Fairfax County Animal Shelter. Online condolences and fond memories of Dr. Patton may be offered to the family at
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Vienna, VA 22180
(703) 938-7440
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Published in The Washington Post from Sept. 22 to Sept. 24, 2017
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