Dear Bobbi and Family
We recieved the word of Pat's final illness and death with the deepest sadness and regret. Pat was a very special person, and I am so indebted to him as a mentor, colleague and friend that I find it difficult to come up with the words to commemorate his life.
I arrived in Tucson the same month that Pat, Bobbi and family moved to the University of Arizona. I vividly remember those first few months, getting to know Pat and consulting with him on our plans in his little office in the dissertation room. From the first Pat was open, friendly and very supportive. He pointed me in the right directions and helped me get my first field position with the New World Foundation. He taught me the details of Maya ceramics and the Tikal sequence. His innovations and openness to new approaches helped transform the field, and still serve as an inspiration to me and many colleagues.
I still remember so clearly images of Pat that are important part of my life: flying into Tikal and circling Temple IV, mid-morning breaks for limonada in the sala. Pat working hard nights while the rest of us were partying, and then taking a nap lying on the sherd tables in the morning sun. Pat demonstrating a new way of surveying - instead of pacing he suggested skipping, and promptly broke into a giant skip down E-group hill.
Pat made many contributions and was open to new ideas and apporaches. At the same time he also made it fun! We will all sorely miss him.