James Butt, January 16, 1933 – July 15, 2021 |

James H. Patt II dies at the age of 88. Doctor, teacher, husband, father, affectionate friend Thursday, July 15, 2021, James (“Jim”) Horton Patt II, devoted and loving husband of Mary, father of five children and seven grandchildren died at the age of 88. Jim was a great talker, really interested in all the people and their stories, connecting with them to find out about life experiences or common interests. Jim’s interests were diverse – including history, art, music, politics, nature, gardening, science, travel and of course medicine. Jim met his wife, Miriam (née Thurston) in his third year of medical school. At first, Miriam, the head nurse, who works in the same hospital with Jim, told her colleague that she didn’t care about this medical student. However, shortly thereafter, they began dating, were engaged in the back of a cab in New York City, and married within six months on November 29, 1958. Jim raised his five children with love and generosity – and gave them first and foremost to live one’s life With honesty, integrity and respect for others. It also instilled the importance of education and an appreciation for music and especially a love of reading. Every Christmas morning, his children would find swinging towers of books each carefully chosen by Jim. When his children became adults, he would read the book in advance and give a review in addition to the book. He continued to give books to his grandchildren. Jim loved celebrations—birthdays, holidays, graduations, weddings, and anniversaries—and hosted Bastille Day parties, decorated every nook and cranny in his home during the Christmas season, honored his wife Miriam at every birthday, and welcomed a new grandson into the world soon after birth. During more than 35 years as a physician, physician, educator, and investigator, Jim has cared deeply and faithfully for thousands of patients, educating and mentoring dozens of medical students, residents, and fellows in gastroenterology. With his charismatic presence and uncompromising ideals, he expected (any demand) from trainees the comprehensiveness, consistency and accuracy of information when delivering patient care. Jim’s career began at Cleveland Metropolitan Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio, and in 1973 he accepted joint appointments at Harry S. Truman Veterans Memorial Hospital and at the University of Missouri-Columbia Medical School, where he was one of Virginia’s original architects. Department of Gastroenterology and worked as a medical instructor at MU School of Medicine until his retirement in 1995. During his academic year in 1979-80 at St Mark’s Hospital in London, England, Jim designed a steel instrument to extract polyps, which he acquired for the proceeds. Throughout his career, Jim has been honored for his contributions to medicine with the award of GP to Harry S. Truman Veterans Memorial Hospital (1995); University of Missouri College of Medicine – Columbia Distinguished Inpatient Service (1993-1994); Distinguished service as a member of the Gastroenterology Drugs Advisory Committee (1985-1991, 1994-1997); and a Visiting Professor Appreciation Award from the Cleveland Clinic Teaching Foundation for the Department of Gastroenterology (1981). After he retired in 1995, Jim and his wife Miriam lived 5-6 months a year in a family home in Sandford, Nova Scotia, Canada, where he spent his days tending to the many trees he planted, tending his gorgeous flower gardens, and harvesting from his vegetable garden. He also picked up watercolor landscape painting, and sometimes, when his kids were visiting, he’d go out for a day at the beach, deep-sea fishing, or sail in nearby lakes. Additionally, Jim and Miriam traveled frequently during their retirement to Alaska, Ireland, Germany, Colorado, California, New York, and Massachusetts. Jim was born on January 16, 1933 in Portsmouth, Ohio to parents James and Virginia (Yeger) Pat, and spent his childhood in southern Ohio with his parents, brother Steve, and grandfather Clifton Yeager. After graduating from high school at Chillicothe High School in 1951, Jim and his buddies—John, Gary, Phil, and Ed, traveled cross-country camping in California in various national parks before Jim attended Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, earning his bachelor’s degree. in Chemistry in 1955. From 1955 to 1968, he pursued medical training which eventually led to a specialization in gastroenterology, receiving his MD in 1959 from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, followed by training in 1960 at the University of Rochester , Strong Memorial Hospital, residency from 1960-1964 at Cleveland Metropolitan Hospital, and fellowship from 1966-1968 at Harvard University in Boston, Massachusetts. From 1964 to 1966, he served as a captain in the United States Air Force at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Fairborn, Ohio. Jim is survived by his wife Miriam, brother Steve, children Andy (Lynn), Becky, Tom (Jennifer), Jim (Joanne), Debbie (Dart), and six grandchildren – Taryn, Brody, Aidan, Cam, Alex and Ethan. He was preceded in death by his father James, his mother, Virginia, his sister Sarah Gordon, and his grandson Jameson Sandford Hatherley. The family would like to thank both the caregivers at Home rather than the senior caregivers and the staff at Lenoir Woods for the exceptional care they have provided Jim over the past two years. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Food Bank for Central, NE Missouri, First Baptist Church of Columbia, or Save the Children. A celebration of Jim’s life will take place Monday, June 6 at 3 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 1112 E Broadway, Columbia. Reception to follow up immediately after service.

James H. Patt II dies at the age of 88.

Kind doctor, teacher, husband, father, friend

On Thursday, July 15, 2021, James (“Jim”) Horton Pat II, the devoted and loving husband of Mary, father of five children and seven grandchildren, died at the age of 88.

Jim was a great speaker, really interested in all the people and their stories, connecting with them to discover life experiences or common interests they share. Jim’s interests were diverse – including history, art, music, politics, nature, gardening, science, travel and of course medicine.

Jim met his wife, Miriam (née Thurston) in his third year of medical school. At first, Miriam, the head nurse, who works in the same hospital with Jim, told her colleague that she didn’t care about this medical student. However, shortly thereafter, they began dating, were engaged in the back of a cab in New York City, and were married within six months on November 29, 1958.

Jim raised his five children with love and generosity – conveying first and foremost that one lives one’s life with honesty, integrity and respect for others. It also instilled the importance of education and an appreciation for music and especially a love of reading. Every Christmas morning, his children would find swinging towers of books each carefully chosen by Jim. When his children became adults, he would read the book in advance and give a review in addition to the book. He continued to give books to his grandchildren.

Jim loved celebrations—birthdays, holidays, graduations, weddings, and anniversaries—and hosted Bastille Day parties, decorated every nook and cranny in his home during the Christmas season, honored his wife Miriam at every birthday, and welcomed a new grandson into the world soon after birth.

During more than 35 years as a physician, physician, educator, and investigator, Jim has cared deeply and faithfully for thousands of patients, educating and mentoring dozens of medical students, residents, and fellows in gastroenterology. With his charismatic presence and uncompromising ideals, he expected (any demand) from trainees the comprehensiveness, consistency and accuracy of information when delivering patient care. Jim’s career began at Cleveland Metropolitan Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio, and in 1973 he accepted joint appointments at Harry S. Truman Veterans Memorial Hospital and at the University of Missouri-Columbia Medical School, where he was one of Virginia’s original architects. Department of Gastroenterology and worked as a medical instructor at MU School of Medicine until his retirement in 1995. During his academic year in 1979-80 at St Mark’s Hospital in London, England, Jim designed a steel instrument to extract polyps, which he acquired for the proceeds.

Throughout his career, Jim has been honored for his contributions to medicine with the award of GP to Harry S. Truman Veterans Memorial Hospital (1995); University of Missouri College of Medicine – Columbia Distinguished Inpatient Service (1993-1994); Distinguished service as a member of the Gastroenterology Drugs Advisory Committee (1985-1991, 1994-1997); and a Visiting Professor Appreciation Award from the Cleveland Clinic Teaching Foundation for the Department of Gastroenterology (1981).

After he retired in 1995, Jim and his wife Miriam lived 5-6 months a year in a family home in Sandford, Nova Scotia, Canada, where he spent his days tending to the many trees he planted, tending his gorgeous flower gardens, and harvesting from his vegetable garden. He also picked up watercolor landscape painting, and sometimes, when his kids were visiting, he’d go out for a day at the beach, deep-sea fishing, or sail in nearby lakes. Additionally, Jim and Miriam traveled frequently during their retirement to Alaska, Ireland, Germany, Colorado, California, New York, and Massachusetts.

Jim was born on January 16, 1933 in Portsmouth, Ohio to parents James and Virginia (Yeger) Pat, and spent his childhood in southern Ohio with his parents, brother Steve, and grandfather Clifton Yeager. After graduating from high school at Chillicothe High School in 1951, Jim and his buddies—John, Gary, Phil, and Ed, traveled cross-country camping in California in various national parks before Jim attended Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, earning his bachelor’s degree. in Chemistry in 1955. From 1955 to 1968, he pursued medical training which eventually led to a specialization in gastroenterology, receiving his MD in 1959 from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, followed by training in 1960 at the University of Rochester , Strong Memorial Hospital, residency from 1960-1964 at Cleveland Metropolitan Hospital, and fellowship from 1966-1968 at Harvard University in Boston, Massachusetts. From 1964 to 1966, he served as a captain in the United States Air Force at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Fairborn, Ohio.

Jim is survived by his wife Miriam, brother Steve, children Andy (Lynn), Becky, Tom (Jennifer), Jim (Joanne), Debbie (Dart), and six grandchildren – Taryn, Brody, Aidan, Cam, Alex and Ethan. He was preceded in death by his father James, his mother, Virginia, his sister Sarah Gordon, and his grandson Jameson Sandford Hatherley.

The family would like to thank both the caregivers at Home rather than the senior caregivers and the staff at Lenoir Woods for the exceptional care they have provided Jim over the past two years. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Food Bank for Central, NE Missouri, First Baptist Church of Columbia, or Save the Children.

A celebration of Jim’s life will be held on Monday, June 6, 2022 at 3 p.m. First Baptist Church, 1112 E Broadway, Columbia. Reception to follow up immediately after service.