PATTERSON, ROBERT HAROLD SCOTT
- Born: 1900 Died: 1957
County surveyor of Co. Down, 1945-1957. Robert Harold Scott Patterson, who was born in Co. Fermanagh on 21 January 1900, served with the Artists' Rifles in the First World War from 1918 to 1919 before entering Queen's College, Belfast. He obtained the B.Sc. degree in Civil Engineering in 1922. After graduating he was appointed resident engineer for the construction of a new road in Co. Down. During the 1930s he gradually worked his way up the Co. Down county surveyor's department until he became deputy surveyor to JAMES GILBERT WILKIN in 1939. His career was interrupted by the outbreak of the Second World War, when he joined the Royal Engineers, but he was released from service at the request of the county council in 1941 in order to resume the deputy surveyorship. He succeeded Wilkin as county surveyor in 1945. He died in hospital in Downpatrick on 31 January 1957, survived by his wife, a son and two daughters.
Inst CE: elected associate member, 1928; transferred to class of member, 1948.
All information in this entry is from Brendan O'Donoghue, The Irish County Surveyors 1834-1944 (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2007), 276, and Proceedings - Institution of Civil Engineers 7 (1957), 678 (B.O'D.).