Boyd Crumrine Patterson

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Boyd Crumrine Patterson
Boyd Crumrine Patterson 1902.jpg
Ninth President of Washington & Jefferson College
In office
March 24, 1950 – June 30, 1970
Preceded by James Herbert Case, Jr.
Succeeded by Howard J. Burnett
Personal details
Born April 23, 1902
McKeesport, Pennsylvania
Died July 12, 1988(1988-07-12) (aged 86)
Clinton, New York
Spouse(s) Mary Eleanor Dennison
Alma mater Washington & Jefferson College

Boyd Crumrine Patterson was a mathematician and the 9th president of Washington & Jefferson College.[1]

Patterson was born in McKeesport, Pennsylvania on April 23, 1902 and graduated from Washington and Jefferson College in 1923, completing his studies in three years.[1] He was a member of the well-known Crumrine family of Washington County and a third-generation W&J graduate.[1] His father, John P. Patterson, was a member of W&J's class of 1885; his grandfather, Boyd Crumrine, a noted local historian, was in Jefferson College's class of 1860.[1] He was also a member of the Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity.[2]

For graduate study, Boyd went to Johns Hopkins University where he studied inversive geometry with Frank Morley. In 1926 he wrote a dissertation "Differential Invariants of Inversive Geometry" for his doctoral degree.

Patterson returned to Washington & Jefferson College as a member of the faculty from 1926 to 1927 before taking a mathematics professorship at Hamilton College. Continuing to collaborate with Morley, they co-wrote a paper on algebraic inversive invariants in 1930. In 1943, Patterson became the chair of the mathematics department at Hamilton.[1]

In 1950, he returned to W&J to assume its presidency.[1] In that position, he oversaw curriculum revisions, updated admissions standards, and generally enhanced Washington and Jefferson's reputation.[1] All told, 17 buildings were constructed during Patterson's tenure, including the Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity House, the Wilbur F. Henry Memorial Physical Education Center, 10 Greek housing units in the center of campus, the U. Grant Miller Library, the Student Center, the Commons, and two new dormitories.[1] The athletic fields also were improved. In 1952, the college's two war surplus barracks, Washington Hall and Jefferson Hall, were dismantled.[1] During his presidency, the college's endowment expanded from $2.3 million to nearly $11 million[3]

On December 12, 1969, the Board of Trustees authorized the admission of women as undergraduate students, to be effective in September 1970.[1] Dr. Patterson retired on June 30, 1970.[1] He died of a stoke on July 12, 1988 in his home in Clinton, New York.[3]

Ex Libris of Boyd Crumrine Patterson



  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Boyd Crumrine Patterson (1950-1970)". U. Grant Miller Library Digital Archives. Washington & Jefferson College. 2003-09-04. 
  2. ^ "Phi Psi Leaders in Historic Room". The Washington Reporter. 27 June 1952. Retrieved 7 October 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "Boyd C. Patterson, college President, 86". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. 1988-07-16. 
  4. ^ R.A. Johnson, American Mathematical Monthly 45(5): 313,4
  5. ^ Patrick du Val, Mathematical Gazette 21: 445, #247
  6. ^ H.A. Robinson, National Mathematics Magazine 12(5): 258

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Academic offices
Preceded by
James Herbert Case, Jr.
President of Washington and Jefferson College
Succeeded by
Howard J. Burnett