The Honorable Tim Patterson – Alumni Merit Award Recipient

The Honorable Tim Patterson

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The Honorable Tim Patterson

Patterson, a 1963 graduate of Southeast with a Bachelor of Science in Education, secondary education, with majors in history and social science, is a retired Circuit Judge, 23rd Judicial Circuit, Division One, Jefferson County, Missouri.

While attending Southeast Missouri State College, now Southeast Missouri State University, he served as consul (president) of the Sigma Chi fraternity, president of the Newman Club and was inducted into Cardinal Key men’s honor society.

After graduation, Patterson taught for two years before enrolling in the School of Law at the University of Missouri–Kansas City (UMKC). His plans to attend law school were interrupted by the draft, and he joined the U.S. Air Force. He received a Russian language certificate from Syracuse University in New York while in the service and then served overseas in Turkey. Upon completion of four years of military service, he returned to UMKC and graduated with a Juris Doctorate in 1972.

He served as chief auditor and counsel for the probate court in Kansas City. In 1973, he was hired as the first assistant prosecutor in Jefferson County, Missouri. In 1974, he was elected for a four-year term as prosecuting attorney for Jefferson County. In 1978, he joined the private practice of Anderson, Brooking, Hammon and Dieffenbach Law Firm in Hillsboro, Missouri.

In 1982, he was elected Circuit Judge of Division One, 23rd Judicial Circuit serving for a period of 24 years. During that time as presiding judge, he founded the Drug Court in Jefferson County, brought mediation into dissolution cases, and Children First, an education program to ease the effects of divorce on children. He served on the Community Treatment Center (COMTREA) Board of Directors for more than 20 years.

Upon retirement, Patterson served six years on the Jefferson Regional Medical Center Board of Directors in Crystal City, Missouri. In 2013, the hospital was sold to Mercy Hospital System, and the Jefferson Foundation was created as a permanent non-profit foundation. He is presently serving on the Jefferson Foundation Board of Directors, and in the past six years, it has funded more than $30 million to local charities, food pantries and agencies in Jefferson County.

Upon the death of his wife, Carole, in 2004, he established the Carole Patterson Excellence in Education Fund Award which is presented each year to an outstanding primary teacher in the Hillsboro School District where she taught for 26 years.

A scholarship in both of their names is also established through the Southeast Missouri University Foundation. Patterson is also a member of University Foundation’s Copper Dome Society and the President’s Council. As an active member of the Sigma Chi Alumni Association, Patterson is the chairman of their scholarship committee for the chapter.

He enjoys singing with the Our Lady Catholic Church Choir and serves as eucharistic minister and lector. Patterson has sung in the Southeast Missouri University All Alumni Choir for the last three sessions and sings on occasion with the Jefferson College Community Choir in Hillsboro. An active member of the Hillsboro Rotary for almost 40 years, he has hosted many Rotary events at his home including visiting Rotarians from Brazil and Argentina. He also sponsored a Russian exchange educator at his home.

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