Death of BPIA Founder and President Emerita
Barbara C. Patterson
(March 15,1933- January 24, 2016)
It is with great sadness that the International Association of Black
Professionals in International Affairs (BPIA) shares news of the death of
our Founder and President Emerita Barbara C. Patterson on Sunday,
January 24, 2016.
Barbara Patterson’s contributions to the promotion of global
understanding and cooperation are many. It was her recognition of the
need to encourage and assist Black participation in a broad spectrum of
international affairs and perseverance that led to BPIA’s founding meeting
in 1989. Since its establishment, BPIA has served over 4,000 individuals,
including students and public and private sector employees, through
conferences, forums, newsletters and study grants. Her legacy - a BPIA
committed to increasing the involvement of African Americans and other
people of African heritage in international affairs remains strong.
Funeral service for Barbara Patterson will be at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday,
January 30, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. at the Saint Paul United Methodist Church,
502, Gilmer Avenue in Roanoke, Virginia. The family will receive friends 30
minutes prior to the service. Interment will be in Sherwood Memorial Park.
Condolences may be sent to the Hamlar-Curtis Funeral Home at 1002
Moorman Road NW, Roanoke, VA 24016, via email: