Troy B. Patterson


Troy B. Patterson, a native of the New Hope Community near Columbus, Mississippi, received his Bachelor’s degree in animal science from Mississippi State University and his masters of science and Ph.D. from Texas Agriculture and Mechanics University. He joined the Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station and Auburn University College of Agriculture animal sciences faculty in 1957.

Patterson was a well-respected professor and scientist. His pioneering beef cattle crossbreeding research helped established crossbreeding as a standard practice in Alabama, resulting in millions of additional dollars to the state’s beef industry. Patterson was also a driving force in establishing the Alabama Beef Cattle Improvement Association and found national recognition in performance testing programs for beef bulls. He was instrumental in improving the bull testing operations at Auburn University which now provide clear and definitive documentation of a bull’s performance. Patterson was recognized as a member of the Alabama Livestock Hall of Fame for his research contributions to the state’s beef cattle industry.

As a faculty member at Auburn, Patterson was completely devoted to helping his students by giving them a quality learning experience. Patterson retired from Auburn on February 28, 1986, and received special recognition from former students “for unselfish and untiring service to the overall advancement of students as a trusted advisor, counselor, teacher, and friend.”

Patterson’s community service included work with Kiwanis Club and his church. Patterson was an active participant in his local camellia club. He remained active in the Auburn community until his death in 2002. Patterson and his wife, Betty, were married for over forty years and had four children.