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Former NSU athlete, supporter of La. Sports Hall of Fame passes away at 76
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Jimmy Patterson, a member of Northwestern State's Long Purple Line, the highest honor granted by the university to its alumni, was 76 when he passed away Sunday.

He served on the NSU Athletic Association Board of Directors and was a key in many endeavors on behalf of NSU and its athletic program for many years.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Rosemary, along with three daughters: Pam Johnston, Penney Johnson and Peggy Foster. Eight grandchildren also survive, including NSU student Mary Paige Johnson.

"Jimmy was a former athlete who always took pride in being a Demon and helped NSU Athletics in many ways over the years," said NSU director of athletics Greg Burke.

"He at one time set up a softball tournament in Shreveport for our softball program to host, volunteered for the NSU Athletic Association Fund Drive and helped underwrite radio broadcasts of NSU games in the Shreveport-Bossier market, just to name a few of his many efforts.  All of us in the NSU athletic program are indebted to Jimmy and have his family in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time."

Patterson, a leading businessman and civic leader in Shreveport/Bossier City for more than 40 years, was inducted into the Northwestern State Alumni Hall of Distinction, the Long Purple Line in 2001.  He received a bachelor's in business administration and accounting in 1959 from Northwestern State.

From 1967 until 1997, he was founder, chairman of the board and chief executive officer of the Patterson Insurance Group and president of Siblings Financial, LLC. He was a majority owner of The National Bank of Bossier and remained active in various business enterprises.

Patterson was chairman of the board of the Louisiana Insurance Guaranty Association and served on the Louisiana Insurance Rating Commission. He was on the board of the Bossier Housing Authority and the Bossier Medical Center.

A member of the NSU School of Business Hall of Distinction, Paterson was a member of the Northwestern State President's Council, the Dean's Advisory Board for the School of Business and the NSU Foundation.

Patterson's involvement with the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame, especially when its induction activities were held in Shreveport-Bossier in 2000-02, helped speed progress on development of a museum home for the Hall.
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