Posted by Cathy Gowdy on Sunday, February 05, 2006 at 05:36:49 :
Friday, August 29, 1980
Hugh Paterson, a teacher at San Rafael High School for 24 years, died Thursday in a local hospital. He was 82.
A funeral is scheduled for 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Chapel of the Hills in San Anselmo.
A native of Chicago, Paterson moved to California in 1933. He taught in Daly City for five years before moving to San Rafael. Paterson married the former Adele Newcomer, also a teacher at San Rafael High School, in 1949.
The couple continued their careers as mathematics teachers and counselors together and both retired in 1962. At the time of their retirement the couple had spent a combined total of 51 years at the high school.
Paterson worked in chemical warfare research during World War I and was a chemist for 12 years before he began teaching. He graduated from Northwestern University.
Following retirement Paterson dedicated much of is time to raising camellias. At one point he estimated he had more than 700 camellias, representing 500 different varieties in his back yard.
He was a member of the Garden Society of Marin, the Marin Art and Garden Center, the Marin County Retired Teachers Association and SIRS No. 47.
Paterson is survived by his wife, his son, Hugh Paterson Jr. of Fair Oaks, Sacramento County, one sister, Mrs. James White of Monticello, Sacramento County, and four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
The family prefers memorial contributions to your favorite charity.
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