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Allisonian Firsts: Allison Graham Patterson

A virtual exhibition celebrating the bold Allisonians who became the "firsts" in their field.

Allison Graham Patterson

First Bachelor of Education from Mount Allison University, 1936

Graduation portrait of Allison Patterson.

Allison Graham Patterson, [ca. 1934]

Mount Allison University Archives. Picture collection, 2007.07/1826. May only be reproduced with permission of the Mount Allison University Archives.

Allison Graham Patterson was born on 24 November 1912 in Burlington, Nova Scotia. He was the son of Rev. Harry and Laurie May (Graham) Patterson. He entered Mount Allison in 1930, studying organ under Dr. Harold Hamer. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in 1934, and in 1936 received the first Bachelor of Education degree ever conferred by Mount Allison University.

Following graduation he taught in Lequille, Nova Scotia, and later did graduate studies in music at the Toronto Conservatory and the Royal College of Music in London, England. In 1938, he returned to Mount Allison and joined the music faculty, first as piano teacher and later as organ teacher. He retired forty years later in 1978. He was organist and choir director at the Sackville United Church between 1938 and 1946. Less than a month before his death he was granted the honorary degree of Doctor of Music. He died on 15 November 1981 at Alberton, Prince Edward Island. He was buried in Sackville, New Brunswick.

Related materials

You can find more information about Allison Patterson and peruse the contents of his fonds (accession nos. 7643, 8310, 8617, 8631C, & 2019.22), on our Descriptions Database. You can access these records by planning a visit to the archives.