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Death of BPIA Founder and President Emerita


Barbara C. Patterson

(March 15,1933- January 24, 2016)


It is with great sadness that the International Association of Black

Professionals in International Affairs (BPIA) shares news of the death of

our Founder and President Emerita Barbara C. Patterson on Sunday,

January 24, 2016.


Barbara Patterson’s contributions to the promotion of global

understanding and cooperation are many.  It was her recognition of the

need to encourage and assist Black participation in a broad spectrum of

international affairs and perseverance that led to BPIA’s founding meeting

in 1989.  Since its establishment, BPIA has served over 4,000 individuals,

including students and public and private sector employees, through

conferences, forums, newsletters and study grants.  Her legacy - a BPIA

committed to increasing the involvement of African Americans and other

people of African heritage in international affairs remains strong.


Funeral service for Barbara Patterson will be at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday,

January 30, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. at the Saint Paul United Methodist Church,

502, Gilmer Avenue in Roanoke, Virginia.  The family will receive friends 30

minutes prior to the service. Interment will be in Sherwood Memorial Park.  

Condolences may be sent to the Hamlar-Curtis Funeral Home at 1002

Moorman Road NW, Roanoke, VA 24016, via email:

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or www.Hamlar-Curtis.com.

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