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Former Tampa Bay Times editor Eugene Patterson dies
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Former Times editor dies

Eugene Patterson, former editor and CEO of Times Publishing Co. and a journalist who crusaded for civil rights in American society and higher standards in America's newsrooms, died Saturday, Jan 12, 2013.

Mr. Patterson also served in World War II in George S. Patton's Third Army and was a high-ranking editor at the Washington Post. But his enduring legacy stemmed from an editorial he wrote while at the Atlanta Constitution after four little girls died in a church bombing in Birmingham, Ala. In "A Flower for the Graves," he wrote: "If our South is ever to be what we wish it to be, we will plant a flower of nobler resolve for the South now upon these four small graves that we dug." It proved to be so powerful, he was asked to read the editorial on a CBS newscast.

This gallery of photographs chronicles his life from a small child on a farm in southern Georgia to his Army days to his tenure at the St. Petersburg Times (now the Tampa Bay Times).

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