They married during his senior year at UNC.
After retiring, they moved from Raleigh to Chapel Hill. Their daughter is a UNC alumna and a nurse at UNC Hospitals.
John’s family has been touched by cancer as has he. The Pattersons are annual donors to UNC Lineberger because, John says, "We’re impressed with the research that is done there and the treatment provided to patients and families.”
Four members of John’s family have been affected by cancer, and he himself is a cancer survivor.
Hilda explains, “We are happy to help out UNC Lineberger. It’s now our sole cancer donation because the cancer treatment and research there is at the top of the list.”
John adds, “Cancer affects those undergoing treatment as well as family and friends. If you are considering a gift that will help the most people, then this is the gift to make.”