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Rembert Wallace Patrick


In the Fall of 1940 a young South Carolinian with a brandnew doctor’s degree in history from the University of North Carolina appeared among the new faculty members at the University of Florida in Gainesville. Rembert Wallace Patrick had begun his long and warm association with Florida, its people, and its history. In the small, north Florida college town the youthful historian energetically devoted himself to his work and soon won the devoted following of students and the affection and respect of his colleagues. Though he was a practical, down-to-earth man, he quickly revealed a dry, often irreverent sense of humor. Despite his newness to the University of Florida, young Professor Patrick was not an inexperienced teacher. He came to Gainesville from Meredith College in North Carolina where he had taught history while completing his Ph.D. degree. Earlier he had been employed for several years in the public schools of South Carolina.