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Obituary: Patricia W. Swan '46

Patricia W. Swan, 87, retired architect, resident of StoneRidge Retirement Community of Mystic, CT, died after a brief illness, surrounded by her family and friends, on Monday, Jan. 23, 2012. She was born on April 21, 1924 in Malden, Mass. to Mary and Dewey Swan, and grew up in Greenwich. She attended Antioch College, then served in the Women's Army Core (WAC) from 1944-46. She graduated from Columbia University earning her architectural degree in 1951. She worked for 35 years for Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, an international architectural/engineering firm in their New York and Denver offices. Pat retired as an associate partner. After retirement in 1986, Pat spent her summers on Block Island with family and friends. She devoted her time to the arts, as both an artist herself and an enthusiastic supporter of many others' artistic efforts. At StoneRidge she chaired the Art Committee establishing monthly retrospective and group shows. Pat is survived by a brother, William Swan of Somers, N.Y.; a sister, Sandy Swan Gensemer of Block Island; five nieces, Lorie Sava of Stonington, Cyndi Lage of Springfield, Mass., Amy Swan of Mystic, Pam Goller of Franklin, Mass. and Christi Skardon of Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.; as well as eight grandnephews, two grandnieces, and two great-grandnephews. She is also survived by her good friend, Rose Mastrangelo. The family wishes to extend their enormous gratitude to the staff at Avalon Health Center and Beacon Hospice. A Memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m. Feb. 11, at the Mystic Congregational Church, 43 East Main St., Mystic.