F.M. Simmons Patterson, M.D. Papers, 1940-1996

University Archives #90-18

Descriptive Summary Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

Title: F.M. Simmons Patterson, M.D. Papers
Repository: East Carolina University Archives
Languages: English
Abstract: Dr. F.M. Simmons Patterson’s scrapbook collection composed of photos, correspondence, writings, publications, and career history.
Extent: 3.5 Linear feet.

Administrative Information Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

Access Restrictions

The collection is open to the public without restrictions.

Publication and Reproduction Rights

Property rights and copyright reside with East Carolina University. For permission to reproduce or to publish, please contact the University Archivist.

Preferred Citation

[Item Description and date]. Dr. F.M. Simmons Papers. UA90-18. University Archives, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC.

Acquisition Information

  • Donation by son, John Stephen Patterson, Department of English, East Carolina University.

Biographical / Historical Note Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

Born January 13, 1914 in New Bern, North Carolina, Dr. Simmons served as the Director of Continuing Medical Education for Pitt Memorial Hospital from 1978-1982.

Dr. Patterson graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1935, followed by University of Pennsylvania Medical School, graduating in 1939. He did his rotating internship and residency in surgery at Abington Memorial Hospital in Abington PA from 1939 – 1945. During his time here he met Ms. Ruth Read, whom he married in 1944.

After his residency, Dr. Patterson stayed in PA for another year, remaining at Abington Memorial and joining the surgery staff at Lankenau Hospital in Philadelphia, PA. In 1946 he became Chief of Surgery and Chief of Staff for Scotland County Memorial Hospital in Laurinburg, NC. His career then moved him to Duke University in 1968 where he became an Assistant Professor of Surgery. During these years he still practiced as a surgeon and consultant and held other titles in addition to being a professor.

Dr. Patterson arrived in Greenville, NC in 1975 taking the position of Executive Director of the Eastern Area Health Education Center as well as the Associate Dean of Continuing Medical Education and Professor of Surgery at ECU’s School of Medicine. He helped develop the program at ECU, staying until his retirement in 1982.

Dr. Patterson has over 20 publications and belonged to numerous medical and surgical associations making a large positive impact on his profession.

Description Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

Disassembled scrapbook including biographical information, memoirs, photos, correspondence, writings, reports, and reprints, pertaining to Greenville, North Carolina physician and Emeritus Professor of Surgery at ECU. Dr. F.M. Patterson.

File order and titles are how Dr. Patterson assembled scrapbook.

Container List Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

  • Box 1, Biographical Information, 1977, 1995, n.d.
  • Box 1, Early Years: Mother, Father, and Brother
  • Box 1, Early Years: Activities, 1921-1929
  • Box 1, Father's years at Jefferson Medical School
  • Box 1, Senator F.M. Simmons
  • Box 1, Years at Woodberry Forest Preparatory School, 1929-1931,1988, 1991
  • Box 1, Years at UNC: Societies, 1931-1935, 1990-1992
  • Box 1, Years at UNC, 1931-1935, 1980-1982, 1987-1988
  • Box 1, Vice-President of UNC Alumni Association
  • Box 1, Class of 1935: Reunions, 1960, 1980, 1985, 1991
  • Box 2, Distinguished Service Award: UNC SOM, 1981-1982, 1989-1991
  • Box 2, Marriage and Son, 1944, 1946, 1990
  • Box 2, Medical School and Residency, 1935-1946
  • Box 2, Former Surgical Teachers, 1957, 1987-1988, 1990-1991
  • Box 2, Correspondence: Professional, 1940, 1959, 1992, 1994-1996
  • Box 3, Correspondence with Med School friends, 1976, 1981-1984, 1986-1993
  • Box 3, Correspondence: Cherished Letters, 1970, 1977-1978, 1980-1982, 1986-1987, 1992
  • Box 3, Correspondence: AD HOC Cherished Letters, 1981-1982, 1987-1994
  • Box 4, Years in Laurinburg, NC, 1946-1952, 1989
  • Box 4, Years in Laurinburg, NC: Correspondence with students and colleagues
  • Box 4, Years in New Bern, NC, 1952-1986
  • Box 4, American College of Surgeons and NC chapter, 1972-1975, 1977-1979, 1982, 1986-1987, 1990-1992
  • Box 4, North Carolina Surgical Association
  • Box 4, Southeastern Surgical Association and American Medical Association, 1980, 1991-1992
  • Box 5, Regional Medical Program, 1967-1975, 1977, 1979, 1981-1984, 1987-1988, 1990, 1993
  • Box 5, Job Opportunities, 1973-1974
  • Box 5, Director of the Cancer Control program at Duke, 1973-1976, 1981, 1986-1987, 1989, 1990
  • Box 5, Eastern Area Health Education Center, 1973-1977
  • Box 5, Eastern Area Health Education Center Dedications, 1977-1982
  • Box 5, Retirement as Director of the EAHEC Program, 1981-1983, 1987-1988, 1990-1991
  • Box 5, ECU Director of Continuing Medical Education, 1976-1977, 1990-1993
  • Box 5, ECU: Appreciation Letters, 1978, 1980-1982, 1987-1988, 1990
  • Box 6, History of ECU School of Medicine, 1974, 1976-1979, 1988, 193-1994
  • Box 6, ECU Professor of Surgery, 1977, 1981-1982, 1988-1991
  • Box 6, Lecture Series, 1987, 1990-1994
  • Box 6, Presentations, 1973, 1977-1978
  • Box 6, Retirement from Medical and Sugrical Associations, 1979, 1983, 1989-1992
  • Box 6, Dedication of AHEC Building in New Bern, 1981
  • Box 6, Dedication of AHEC Building in New Bern, 1982
  • Box 7, Published Papers #1
  • Box 7, Published Papers #2
  • Box 7, Published Papers #3
  • Box 7, Unpublished Papers

Online access to this finding aid is supported with funds created through the federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA). These funds come through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services which is administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. This grant is part of the North Carolina ECHO, Exploring Cultural Heritage Online, Digitization Grant Program.

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