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Virginia Beach broadcaster Pat Robertson has died at age 93

Margaret Minnicks

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Pat Robertson, whose birth name was Marion Gordon "Pat" Robertson was born on March 22, 1930, in Lexington, Virginia. He died at the age of 93 on June 8, 2023, in his home in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

At a young age, Robertson was nicknamed 'Pat' by his six-year-old brother, Willis Robertson, Jr., who enjoyed patting him on the cheeks when he was a baby while saying "pat, pat, pat." The nickname stuck, and most people never knew his birth name was "Marion."

Pat Robertson's credits

Robertson had a lot of credits to his name. However, he was best known as a media mogul, religious broadcaster, political commentator, Southern Baptist minister, and a 1988 Republican presidential candidate.

Robertson served as head of Regent University, an evangelical Christian school in Virginia Beach, Virginia. He turned a tiny Virginia station into the global Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) at a time when he didn't own a television set. He said he had only $70 in his pocket, but he soon found investors, and CBN went on the air on October 1, 1961. Today, CBN brings in hundreds of millions of dollars. Records disclosed $321 million in “ministry support” in 2022 alone.

People got to know him through The 700 Club television show that airs each weekday in syndication in the United States and worldwide on CBN. Robertson stepped down as host of the show after half a century in 2021. His son Gordon Robertson is now the host.

Robertson’s enterprises also include the American Center for Law and Justice, which defends the First Amendment rights of religious people, and Operation Blessing, an international humanitarian organization founded by Robertson on November 14, 1978.

Over the years, Robertson wrote 15 books, including The Turning Tide and The New World Order.

Robertson's education

Pat Robertson attended Washington and Lee University, where he received a B.A. in history, graduating magna cum laude. Robertson received a law degree from Yale University Law School. He never passed the bar exam and chose not to pursue a law career. He received a master’s in divinity from New York Theological Seminary in 1959.

Robertson's family

Robertson met his wife, Adelia “Dede” Elmer when they were both at Yale in 1952. He was a Southern Baptist, and she was a Catholic, earning a master’s in nursing. Eighteen months later, they eloped and were married by a justice of the peace. They knew neither family would approve of them getting married.

Dede was a founding board member of CBN. She died last year at the age of 94. The couple had four children, 14 grandchildren, and 24 great-grandchildren.

June 8, 2023 broadcast

Within hours of his father's death, Gordon hosted The 700 Club broadcast as usual. He told about how his large family gathered around the bed of his father. The grandchildren read Psalms to him, and Pat Robertson blessed his family for the last time on this earth.

After Gordon's announcement about his father's death at the beginning, the remainder of the June 8, 2023 broadcast focused entirely on Pat Robertson's life and ministry.

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