2014-04-23 / Front Page

St. John’s University Mourns Passing Of Paterson

Basil Paterson, who passed away last week, was remembered with great respect by St. John’s University officials, as a “loyal and accomplished alumnus”. Paterson, the father of former Governor David Paterson, who earned his law degree at the Queens university, died last week at the age of 87.
Rev. Joseph L. Levesque, the president of St. John’s, stated, “With the passing of Basil Paterson, not only has our university lost a loyal and accomplished alumnus, but our city, state and nation have lost a figure of immense importance and profound integrity.
“We are all truly fortunate to have benefited from his personal commitment to the cause of justice. Our prayers and deepest sympathies are with his wife, Portia; his sons, Daniel and former Governor David Paterson; and the entire family.”
Dean Michael A. Simons said, “Basil Paterson exemplified the values of opportunity and service that have animated St. John’s Law for almost 90 years. As the child of immigrants, he used his legal education as a springboard to a career at the highest levels of government and the legal profession. Just as importantly, he dedicated his career to serving the public and passionately advocating for workers.”
Paterson remained active at his alma mater. Earlier this month, he served as a presenter at the Spring 2014 Title VII Symposium sponsored by the Ronald H. Brown Center for Civil Rights and Economic Development of St. John’s School of Law.


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