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In Memory of James Patty

Emeritus Professor of French — 19th-Century French Literature

1925 — 2012



James Patty passed away August 25, 2012. He was 87.

Born in Florence, AL to the late Isham Harrison and Clara Reid Singleton Patty. Attended Christ School in Arden, NC from 1936-1942. He received his A.B., M.S. and Ph.D. from University of North Carolina. He taught at various colleges and universities and retired from Vanderbilt University. Professor Patty was the last of the group of Baudelaire specialists involved with the founding and development of the Baudelaire Center (led by Professors Poggenberg, Bandy, Pichois), now called the W.T. Bandy Center for Baudelaire and Modern French Studies. His range of publications on French literature was quite wide ranging, including Durer's influence on French literature. His last book appeared when he was 80 and was on Salvador Rosa and French literature. He received numerous scholarships, grants and academic leaves for research including the Fulbright Scholarship from the University of Toulouse. For most of his career at Vanderbilt, Professor Patty was a fixture at the Central Library, where he worked in a large carrel desk overflowing with scholarly papers. He was a frequent traveler and enjoyed visiting France in the summers. He was an Episcopalian. In his final years, he enjoyed his stay at Belmont Village Senior Living. Survived by cousins, Ellen Dawson of Silver Springs, MD and Frances P. Madison of Brookville, MS.

Memorials may be made to either the Christ School in Arden, NC or the W.T. Bandy Center for Baudelaire and Modern French Studies, c/o Vanderbilt University Library, 419 21st Avenue S, Nashville, TN 37202-2427.

A time of conversation and remembrance in Jim's honor will be 4:30 until 6:00 p.m., Thursday, September 6, 2012 at the Vanderbilt University Club.