Eugene C. Patterson

Eugene C. Patterson

Editor Emeritus, St. Petersburg Times

Mr. Patterson is the Editor Emeritus of Florida’s largest daily newspaper, the St. Petersburg Times.

A recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial writing, he holds 15 honorary degrees from institutions that include Harvard, Duke, Emory, and Indiana Universities. The University of Florida Press is shortly to publish a book of his 1960s Atlanta Constitution columns as a history of the civil rights movement when it changed the American South.

After his editorship in his native Georgia and before he moved to Florida, he served for three years as managing editor of The Washington Post when it published the Pentagon Papers. As Chairman of Congressional Quarterly, the St. Petersburg Times&rsquol Washington affiliate, he founded Governing, the national magazine of state and local governments.

He served as vice chairman of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission from 1964 to 1968 and as a trustee of Duke University from 1988 to 1994. He won the Silver Star and the Bronze Star with oak leaf cluster as a World War II tank platoon leader in European combat with General George S. Patton’s Third Army.