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Guy fakes EE degree, admits to life of lies in obit

-July 19, 2012

Whenever the question of needing a degree to be an engineer comes up, the response from EDN’s audience is almost 50:50.

Half say yes, you’re not a real engineer and wouldn’t be able to survive in a career without a degree. Half say no, if you’re an engineer, you’re an engineer and the degree is just a piece of paper.

Val Patterson, a Utah man who died earlier this month at the age of 59 due to throat cancer, would have agreed with the latter half.

Patterson, according to Yahoo! News, lived his life for laughs. Among his biggest was that he never actually earned his engineering degree. His career in engineering was based off a false University of Utah PhD. Patterson confessed in his obit.

“What happened was that the day I went to pay off my college student loan at the U of U, the girl working there put my receipt into the wrong stack, and two weeks later, a PhD diploma came in the mail. I didn't even graduate, I only had about 3 years of college credit. In fact, I never did even learn what the letters 'PhD' even stood for."

His wife confirmed the confession was true. Read the article here.

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