May 27, 1921 – Feb. 1, 2013
Patricia Ann Wood was born in Roundup, the second daughter of Harold B. and Grace O. Wood, formerly from Aurora, Neb., but raised in Bridger. She received a degree in Microbiology at the University of Montana and a 5th year in Medical Technology at Hitchcock Memorial Hospital and Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H.
After WWII she returned to Montana and worked at the Billings Clinic and at the Hanford Project in Richland, Wash. She found her niche working in Medical Research, in the newly formed laboratory group founded by Dr. Wade Volwiler, at the University Of Washington School Of Medicine where she worked for 25 years. She then worked at the Clinical Immunology Laboratory at University Hospital where she was the Clinical Laboratory Supervisor for 10 years until her retirement from the University in 1985. During the last years of her research appointment, she earned a Master’s Degree in Librarianship from the U. of Washington and a Master’s Degree in Management and Supervision from Central Michigan. After retirement in 1990 Patricia became a part time Medical Librarian for Genetic Systems in Redmond, WA.
During her entire life her loves and avocation were books, a love of the out of doors which lead to hiking, camping, birding, gardening; music (more than 40 years of the first United Methodist Choir and singing in the Bach Society under Dr. Stanley Chapple) and attendance at all of the Seattle area theatres. She was a supporter of the University of Montana, and the University of Washington and was happy to be involved in education, hers or helping provide it for others. Her other joys included her only sister Elizabeth as well as her two nieces Patricia Tucker and Suzanne Gardner and their children Gary Tucker Jr. and Travis Harrington and Kelly Elson. She was also most grateful for her good friend, Marion MacMartin we well as other colleagues who became and remained friends after more than 50 years. Her sorrows were the death of her Mother, Grace and the early deaths of her brother, Dick and father, Harold.
In lieu of flowers please send donations to the University of Montana Foundation in Missoula. A celebration of her life will take place at 2 p.m. on March 4 at Bayview Manor on Queen Anne in Seattle.
Burial was on Tuesday, Feb. 26 in the family plot in the Red Lodge Cemetery. Smith-Olcott Funeral Chapel assisted with local arrangements.