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James W. Paterson

James Wallace Paterson, soil and crops specialist at the Rutgers Research and Development Center in Bridgeton, N.J., passed away on September 15, 2017, in Holmdel, N.J. He was 83. Services will be private.

Paterson joined Rutgers Research and Development Center as a soil and crops specialist in 1967. He was appointed director of the facility in 1972 and became a pioneer in national research leading to guidelines established in drip/trickle irrigation systems. His research resulted in more abundant and higher quality vegetables through more efficient and environmentally sound agricultural practices. He retired from Rutgers in 1994.

Born in Westerly, R.I., Paterson received his B.S. in agriculture from the University of Rhode Island. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War and handled communications via Morse code while stationed in Japan. After his years of service, he went on to earn his master’s and doctoral degrees in agronomy from Penn State University.

Jim was predeceased by his parents Alexander Paterson and Meredith (Hazzard) Paterson, and wife Carol Valentine (Van Blois) Paterson. He is survived by his children Lara Calo and her husband Christopher, Kyle Paterson, and Mark Paterson and his wife Kelly; six grandchildren; and siblings Meredith, (Tim) DeQuattro, Alexander (Skip) Paterson, and Alden (Aldy) Paterson.

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