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Cecil Patterson Obituary

Cecil Holden Patterson
Cecil Holden Patterson

June 22, 1912 - May 26, 2006
Born in Lynn, Massachusetts
Resided in Asheville, NC
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Professor Cecil Holden “Pat” Patterson, 93, of Asheville, left his physical body on Friday, May 26, 2006, at his home.

A native of Lynn, MA, he had lived in Asheville since 1978 and was married to the late Frances Spano Patterson who died in 1966. He was a professor of Educational Pschology at the University of Illinois and at UNC-Greensboro. A veteran of WWII, he worked as a psychologist with the Veterans Administration during and following the war.

The author of numerous books and articles used world wide, he developed groundbreaking theories of counseling and psychotherapy. He was the recipient of the prestigious Leona Tyler Award and the Donald Biggs-Gerald Pine Outstanding Scholarly Contribution Award and was the president of the American Rehabilitation-Counseling Association in 1962-1963.

He became an icon of downtown Asheville as the maitre d‘ at the Uptown Café until the age of 90.

He is survived by his seven children, Joseph, Francine, Jenifer, Christopher, Thomas, Mary Victory and Charles as well as six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

A celebration of his life will be held at 6:00 pm Tuesday at the Jubilee Community Church on Wall Street with the Rev. Howard Hanger officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Gorilla Foundation, 1230 Edgewood Road, Redwood City, CA 94062 or




Celebration of Life
Jubilee Community Church
46 Wall Street
Asheville, NC US 28801
Saturday, May 27, 2006
6:00 PM


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