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In Memoriam Keith Patterson

Submitted By: Lewis Perdue, April 24, 2013
Dr. Keith Patterson, one of the driving forces behind Cal Polyís highly respected Wine and Viticulture program, died March 21 at the age of 66. Patterson taught viticulture at CSU Fresno and University of Arkansas before being recruited to Cal Poly in 1997.

He enjoyed a 16-year teaching career at Cal Poly until taking semi-retirement last spring to battle cancer.

Known as both a professor and pioneer in the world of viticulture, colleagues and students alike consider Patterson Ďone of the best and most influential instructors [they] have ever known at Cal Poly.í With his great sense of humor and unmatched knowledge, Patterson shared his passion for the teaching and research of wine and viticulture. He constantly inspired those around him to do their best and follow what they love. With the creation of the service-based student club Vines to Wines in the early 1990ís, he was instrumental in getting the (programís) minor approved in 1999 and the major in 2004. Without Dr. Patterson, the program would not be where it is today.

A special tribute is planned for 1 p.m. on May 11 at Santa Margarita Ranch at 9000 Yerba Buena Ave. in Santa Margarita, California. Guests are encouraged to bring a dish to share as they celebrate the life of Dr. Keith Patterson.

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Find more information on Keith Patterson online at San Luis Obispo Tribune and Wines & Vines.