Veteran, legislator, educator Robert Weston Patterson honored

Francis Marion University will give honorary degrees to a World War II veteran, a state legislator and a longtime educator during graduation ceremonies Dec. 19.

Robert Weston Patterson of Florence was a crew member aboard a B-24 Liberator in the Pacific theater during World War II. He has served on the Florence City Council for 16 years.

State Rep. James Battle Jr., a Marion County Democrat, has served in the General Assembly since 1997.

He is a member of the Ways and Means Committee and has served on FMU's School of Business Advisory Board.

Mary Alice Burgan of Washington, D.C., recently retired as general secretary of the American Association of University Professors. She taught at Indiana University for almost 30 years.

Burgan will be the commencement speaker.