Awarded to an alumnus or alumna whose selfless and caring work and deeds benefit society and humankind.
Medical educator and distinguished physician, Dr. James Patterson has garnered the highest acclaim as a leader in the medical sciences. After studying biology at Bucknell, he went to the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, earning a medical degree in 1929 and a graduate degree in pathology in 1932.
His distinguished career in medicine has spanned 50 years and he is renowned for his work with blood. He pioneered the freezing of red blood cells and introduced administering "packed red cells" to patients instead of whole blood when the situation permitted it.
His article in conjunction with his associate, Dr. Frank C. Coleman, on "Rh (D) Immune Globulin Therapy" has been distributed all over the world, and as a result of this technique, hemolytic disease of the newborn was elevated to the status of a preventable disease, saving some 5,000 lives per year. He wrote the lead chapter on "The History of Clinical Pathology," pioneered the national certification of pathologists, was senior author of the manual on "Porphyrins and the Porphyrias," served as president of the American Board of Pathology, and was named private practitioner of the year by the American Pathology Foundation in 1968.
Note: The award was accepted for Dr. Patterson by his good friend, Arda Bowser, Class of 1923