On Thursday, 24 January
2002, we unexpectedly lost a very dear member and friend, Pat O'Shea.
If you would like to send a card to the
family, the address is:
576 Pelham Rd.
Atlanta, GA 30324
Comments from Our SPP
Members and Pat's Friends
The following are the
comments received by Hal Pinar after he sent out a message to the SPP Members that Pat O'Shea passed away. These comments were sent in reply by her friends from literally around
I would like to extend my condolences to
the husband and the family of our colleague Dr O'Shea as well as to the
family of pediatric pathologists all over the world, including far away
countries like Saudi Arabia.
My wife and I had the honor of sharing Dr.
O'Shea a dinner table at the dinner held in Nice in 1998 during the IAP
congress there for pediatric pathologists, and we had a good time
together with other eminent pediatric pathologists. Her warmth and charm
captivated us. We shall remember her, and we are certain that many
colleagues and friends in our small close knit group of pediatric
pathology will miss her as well.
I was shocked to read the terrible news about
Pat. Since my sabbatical in Providence in 1990 I always considered her a
friend and I looked forward for meeting both of you in the conferences of
the Society.It is hard for me to believe that she will not be there when I
come to Chicago.
I would like to express my deep condolences
I have no word to share with you all my
sadness. Pat has been a great friend since we were both panelists at a
Sunday evening Pediatric Specialty conference at the beginning of the 90's.
We shared a lot in common, not only Pediatric Pathology but also our common
taste for Opera, cats and good Italian food. Her husband John is also a good
friend to my husband and myself.
She would have been marvelous as head of
I am sure that everyone who knew Pat O' Shea will be shocked and saddened by the news of her sudden death. She
was a stalwart of our generation and a loved and respected
Pat was a wonderful friend, mentor, role model, and pathologist. Her
legacy is not only in her work, teaching, and publications, but also in
the several generations of pathologists that she influenced and
nurtured, her family, and her many friends from different spheres. She will be deeply missed.
That is just terrible news ... I got to
know Pat and John as friends, dating back to 1979, with the first meeting at
Providence. When we lose senior members , it is sad but understandable; this
is just tragic, and I am shocked. Thanks for letting me know ... she was
such a well known and loved person.
I had such a wonderful conversation with pat
yesterday and delighted in her enthusiasm over retirement and her
determination to return to competitive tennis as soon as the rehab would
allow......she was excited to be taking over publications from Beverly and
we looked forward to being together in Chicago.......I am unbearably
Thank you for the notification. Pat was a
wonderful person and a joy to be around. She will be greatly missed.
I am a member of the Pediatric Pathology
Society and remember Pat from our gatherings. She was a lovely woman and will
be missed. I am sorry that I am too far away to have attended the funeral, but
my thoughts and prayers are with you.
What a terrible news. I could not
believe what I was reading. I am going to miss her very much.
I imagine how hard is for you and other
people in your Institution.
Please extend my deepest sympathy to her
family and friends.
Wow, what a tragedy. This makes me very sad.
I have known Pat and John since medical school - they were both a year
behind me and we were all good friends and maintained this friendship and
contact over the years.
I am shocked and deeply saddened by
this news. Pat was such a vibrant and wonderful lady who gave so much to
each us and our society through her friendship, generosity, humor,
intelligence, expertise, experience and plain spoken common sense. She will
be greatly missed for a very long, long time.
Our deepest condolences go to John and her
This is a time in which there is a need for
shoulders for lean the head on, for hugs, for the sadly shaken head, AND for
a paean of praise for the senselessly departed. All such departures seem
senseless. A resume of her contributions, a song, written or sung, by a
friend, colleague or former student, a verbasl or pictorial kiss from a
family member, all help. When one grows into time, one opens, for instance,
the back (obit) pages of the local "Jewish News" before reading
the lead articles; and, if you still take the local newspapers, opens them
gingerly, daily for the brittle sheets containing some news, all too often
news of the demise of a friend, a classmate, a colleague in some activity.
My love to the husband and to my beloved Carlos Abramovsky, who taught me
Oh my God! I just got an email from her
today! I was actually drafting a reply. What a tragedy.... I'm so sorry.
Terrible, really terrible.
I am very very sorry to hear that. She
was a generous support to a junior colleague many years ago...
What a tragedy!!! I knew Pat, not her
husband. So young! and such a loss to medicine, specifically the field of
Pediatric Pathology. Please let me know if there is any organization to
which donations are being made in her memory and any way that I can send
condolences to her family.
The news is tragic, both for John and for all
of us who knew Pat. I had known Pat for over 25 years and remember the first
years of the Aspen Conference when she and John were regular attendees. Her
contributions in Pediatric Pathology are many including her recent chapter
in Pediatric Pathology.
How the Atlanta Braves will miss their most
John, our thoughts are with you.
Kindly convey my condolences to her family
I am deeply saddened to hear of Pat's
expiration. It's really hard to believe. She was so excited about your new
home and a less hassled lifestyle. I know you will miss her deeply. May you
have the strength to mourn and then resume normal life, whatever that will be.
Eric also sends his deepest sympathy. Take care of yourself.
I am so shocked and terribly sad to receive
your forwarded note about Pat O'Shea. I just can't believe it. I would very
much like to be part of anything we could do as a group to express our
sympathies. Many thanks for letting me know.
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