Edward W. "Ned" Pattison, 58, a New York Democrat who served in the House of Representatives from 1975 to 1979, died of cancer Aug. 22 at his home in West Sand Lake, N.Y.
In 1974, he became the first Democrat from the area around Troy, N.Y., to win a congressional seat. He was elected from New York's 29th District, which ran north from Dutchess County almost to Lake Champlain, in the congressional election after Richard M. Nixon resigned from the presidency.
One of the 75-member "freshman class" of Democrats elected to the House, he was instrumental in pushing reforms identified with the group. The group not only succeeded in gaining better committee assignments for themselves, they helped make committee chairmen more responsive to the Democratic caucus and made seniority less important in gaining power in the House.
Mr. Pattison served on the Judiciary Committee, where he managed the 1976 modernization and revision of the U.S. Copyright Law. It was the first major copyright revision in more than 60 years.
He was defeated for reelection in 1978 by Gerald B.H. Solomon (R), who campaigned on a platform that Mr. Pattison was much more liberal than his district. Observers also wrote that Mr. Pattison was hurt by the admission that he had at one time smoked marijuana.
After leaving Congress, Mr. Pattison returned to his private legal practice in Troy. He also became a fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and taught public policy courses at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Antioch-New England Graduate School. A founder of the Congressional Institute on the Future, he was its chairman at his death.
Mr. Pattison was a native of Troy and served in the Army in the 1950s. He was a graduate of Cornell University and its law school. He practiced law from 1959 to 1974, and was Rensselaer County Treasurer from 1969 to 1974.
Survivors include his wife, the former Eleanor Copley, of West Sand Lake; four children; his mother; two sisters; and a brother.
JOHN J. MORRISON
John Joseph Morrison, 72, a retired civilian lawyer with the Department of the Navy, died of respiratory arrest Aug. 15 at a hotel in Dunkirk, France. A resident of Silver Spring, he was stricken while on vacation.
Mr. Morrison was a native of Youngstown, Ohio. He graduated from St. Joseph's College in Indiana. He came to the Washington area during World War II and worked in the probation section of the U.S. District Court before graduating from Catholic University law school in 1947.
He went to work for the Navy Department 1948 and spent his entire career at the Bureau of Yards and Docks. He retired in 1980.
Mr. Morrison was a eucharistic minister and a member of the Holy Name Society at St. Bernadette's Catholic Church in Silver Spring. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus's Rosensteel Council and Maryland Right To Life Inc.
Survivors include his wife of 43 years, Mary Elsie Maxwell Morrison of Silver Spring; four children, Michael Morrison of Silver Spring, John Morrison of Rockville, James Morrison of Gaithersburg and Ann Kelley of Olney; two brothers, Raymond P. Morrison of Bowie and Dr. Robert G. Morrison of Youngstown, Ohio, and eight grandchildren.
GLADYS M. JACQUES
Gladys Marie Jacques, 82, a retired executive secretary with the Interstate Commerce Commission, died of cardiac arrest Aug. 23 at her home in Silver Spring.
Mrs. Jacques was born in Waterloo, Iowa. She moved to Washington in the late 1930s, and attended Benjamin Franklin University. She went to work for what is now the Internal Revenue Service when she came here. She transferred to the ICC about 1945 and retired about 1965.
She was a member of St. Bernadette's Catholic Church in Silver Spring.
Survivors include her husband of 52 years, Joseph Jacques of Silver Spring, and three children, Mary Hergert of Highland, Md., Brennan Jacques of Silver Spring, and Patrick Jacques of Boca Raton, Fla.