|Birth: ||Jan. 1, 1921|
|Death: ||Apr. 27, 2012|
Patterson, Sidney "Sid," 91, retired from Structural Steel Fabrication and Up with Trees, died Friday. Services pending. Moore's Southlawn.
Sidney Winfield Patterson, 91, passed peacefully from this earth on April 27, 2012. Best known for his long love affair with the City of Tulsa – Sid was both an active booster and dedicated participant in its civic life. He was always a faithful friend and would engage in friendly conversation with anyone he encountered. Sid especially enjoyed talking about trees. A life-long Tulsan and world traveler, Sid was born January 1, 1921, to N.R. and Florence Patterson. He graduated from Central High School in 1938, attended Dartmouth College and received a B.S. in civil engineering from the University of Oklahoma in 1946. That fall, on November 29th, Sid married Beverly Ann Klein to begin their happy 65 years together. For 25 years, Sid worked for Patterson Steel Company, the company founded by his father and two uncles in 1920, as vice president and manager of the building products division. After the business was sold in 1972, Sid worked at Oklahoma State University's Center for Government Technology and then Breisch Engineering Company. Sid's service to the city began as a member of the City of Tulsa Planning Commission from 1949-1952 and the Tulsa County Planning Commission from 1950-1952. At the time the youngest elected official, the 28-year-old Sid served as the City of Tulsa Commissioner of Streets and Public Property from 1953-56 and then from 1972-76. In 1955 he was chairman of the Mayor's Committee, which worked with Tulsa architects to develop the Civic Center plan. In both terms he was Chairman of the Annexation Committee and Highway Committee. He was involved in the improvement of Tulsa's expressway system, Storm Water Management, development of the River Parks and the Performing Arts Center, and he chaired the committee that modernized Tulsa's building codes. But it was a simple phone call during his second term as Street Commissioner that became Sid's inspiration. The city had embarked on a program to improve and widen major streets and when the expansion project for 51st street was publicized, a high school student called Sid to ask about the plan to replace all the trees that were removed. This phone call stirred Sid to action; he gathered volunteers to replant the trees and led the founding of Up With Trees in 1976. This nonprofit organization is dedicated to planting, preserving and promoting Tulsa's urban forest. Since that time, thousands of trees have been planted along Tulsa's roads and highways to help beautify our city. The organization has recognized Sid's contributions many times, and honored Sid in 2008 by placing a bronze sculpture of Sid along Riverside Drive, "Planting for the Future". Just hours after his death on National Arbor Day, he was honored by Up With Trees for the impact he has made – and will continue to make – on our city. His inspiration will live on. Sid was a member of the Oklahoma Urban and Community Forestry Council since its founding in 1990. He was honored by the Southern States Urban Forestry Council in 1997. In 1998 he received Keep Oklahoma Beautiful's Individual Achievement Award for Beautification & Landscaping. In 1999 he received the National Conservation Award from the Daughters of American Revolution. In 2001 Sid received Keep Oklahoma Beautiful's Lifetime Achievement Award and was inducted into the Tulsa Hall of Fame. In addition to his passion for the beautification of Tulsa, Sid was passionate about the Rotary Club of Tulsa, where he was a member since 1954 and served as president in 1967-68. Sid and Beverly were charter members of John Knox Presbyterian Church, where he served as an Elder, Deacon and Trustee. Sid was involved in the Men's Forum, the Other Other Club, Sons of the American Revolution, Oklahoma Society of Mayflower Descendants, OU Alumni Association and Delta Upsilon Fraternity. Sid was preceded in death by his parents, his daughter Ann Patterson Dooley and his brother, Edward Rawson Patterson. A memorial service is scheduled for Friday, May 4th at 2:00pm at John Knox Presbyterian Church in Tulsa.
This obituary was published in the Tulsa World on 5/3/2012.
Helen Jean Young Patterson (1926 - 2014)*
John Knox Presbyterian Church
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Record added: Apr 29, 2012
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