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story.lead_photo.caption Connor Patman, son of the late U.S. Rep. Wright Patman, celebrates his 97th birthday with a tour of his childhood home in Linden, Texas. With him in front of the Cass County Courthouse are, from left, Debbie Patman Schimming and Alan Schimming of Texarkana, and Mary and Pat Patman of Santa Fe, N.M.

Connor Wright Patman, a local philanthropist and son of late U.S. Rep. Wright Patman, has died at age 98.

He was an attorney and real estate developer and veteran of the U.S. Army having served in World War II.

Patman served 24 years on the Texarkana College Board of Trustees and Foundation Board and was a longtime supporter of the college and its programs.

"He was a huge supporter of the college. In 2011 and 2012 when the college was in dire financial straits, he used his funds and the power of his name to endorse the changes we wanted to make," said Texarkana College President James Henry Russell.

Connor Patman was born March 24, 1920, in Linden, Texas. He was the first child of Merle and Wright Patman. His father became the region's most powerful and long-serving U.S. representative from the late 1920s to 1976.

Connor Patman lived in Linden in his early childhood before his family moved to Texarkana.

Patman also won the C.E. Palmer Award in 1999.

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