Dorothy H. Patton, Ph.D., of Clarence, retired academic dean and linguistics professor at Medaille College, died Tuesday in Millard Fillmore Hospital after a brief illness. She was 85.
Born Dorothy H. Hoag in Buffalo, she was a 1942 graduate of Bennett High School, attended D'Youville College and earned bachelor's and master's degrees from Mount St. Joseph Teachers College, now Medaille. She received her doctorate in linguistics from Georgetown University after receiving a federal Title IV fellowship there.
She took her vows with the Sisters of St. Joseph and was known as Sister Mary Immaculate and Sister Dorothy Hoag before she left the community in 1975.
She began her teaching career in 1947 and taught at the New Cathedral School and Mount St. Joseph School, both in Buffalo, and Our Lady of Victory High School and Baker Victory High School, both in Lackawanna.
At Medaille, she held the positions of assistant dean, academic dean, vice president of academic affairs, associate dean and acting dean of liberal arts and sciences during a period of 13 years. Her first love, however, was teaching.
She retired in 1990 and moved to Florida, returning to Western New York in 2004 after the death of her husband of 23 years, Wesley C.
She was a member of numerous academic and professional organizations, including the Modern Language Association, the American Classical League, the Linguistics Society of America, the New York Council of Teachers of English and the Niagara Frontier Reading Council.
She was listed in several encyclopedias of outstanding persons, including "Who's Who of American Women" and "The World Who's Who of Women."
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Friday in Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church, 8500 Main St. at Harris Hill Road, Clarence.