Edith Patterson

Edith M. "Edie" Patterson, a former St. Paul's School educator, died Aug. 1 of an autoimmune disease at The Highlands, a retirement community in Topsham, Maine. The longtime Homeland resident was 81.

The daughter of an insurance executive and a homemaker, Edith Melcher was born in Hartford, Conn., and raised in West Hartford, Conn., where she graduated in 1949 from William H. Hall High School.


After graduating in 1952 with a bachelor's degree from Central Connecticut State University, Mrs. Patterson began her teaching career in West Hartford, where she met the Rev. Robert Place Patterson, an Episcopal vicar, in 1955.

The couple married in 1956 and later moved to Massachusetts, where Mrs. Patterson taught in the Watertown and Winchester public schools.

Before moving to Homeland in 1965 when her husband became rector of the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, they had lived in Rockport, Mass., and Bloomfield Hills, Mich.

Mrs. Patterson returned to teaching at St. Paul's School in Brooklandville in the early 1970s after she had received training to work with dyslexia children. She later designed the curricula and taught second-, third- and fifth-graders until retiring in 1992.

After her husband retired in 1993, they became world travelers and had private meetings with Golda Meir and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, family members said.

Since 1999, the couple had lived in Topsham, and enjoyed spending summers at a second home on Kezar Lake in Lovell, Maine.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Sept. 14 at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, 5603 N. Charles St.

In addition to her husband, Mrs. Patterson is survived by a son, David Melcher Patterson of Ellicott City; two daughters, Elizabeth Patterson Quinlan of Portland, Maine, and Anne Harrison Patterson of Southwest Harbor, Maine; a sister, Susan Melcher Brandes of Las Cruces, N.M.; and six grandchildren. Another son, James Stanwood Patterson, died in 1968.