Long-time DC staffer Tom Pattison has died at the age of 64 due to cancer.
"For many years, DC had the reputation of making its royalty payments promptly and fully, and with detail ample for talent to understand the basis on which they were being paid. While many of us were involved in the process, there was one person disproportionately responsible for making it happen every month. I'm sad to report that Tom Pattison, the man whose dedication and diligence enabled DC to achieve this reputation, passed away after battling cancer," former DC Publisher Paul Levitz wrote on Facebook.
Pattison joined DC in August 1984 as a Staff Accountant, coming in with a Master's Degree in Accounting from Long Island University. In 1986 took on supervision of Royalties, ultimately becoming the company's Royalties & Participatation Manager in 1996 - a position he held until his retirement in 2011.
"Tom was soft-spoken, and largely invisible to the wider comics community," Levitz continued. "But his efforts made so many people's lives better, simply by ensuring that an important flow of their income would arrive smoothly and honestly...and no funds wouldn't be credited simply because they were too difficult to account for. Tom made the whole company look good."
Pattison is survive by his wife, Geraldine, and two sons. Funeral services are scheduled for August 28 at Arthur F. White Funeral Home in Farmingdale, New York.