Patricia M. Long
1949 2013 Patricia Mary Long died the morning of July 5th at the age of 64 from heart failure and complications due to Chronic Fatigue Immune Dysfunction Syndrome/ Fibromyalgia.
In 1987 she and her husband, William Hays moved to Brattleboro, VT from Alaska in order to attend the PIM Program at SIT. Her goal was to direct an international human service organization. That dream was cut short when she suffered a sudden onset of CFS in 1988.
She and her husband opened the Hays Gallery in 1990 (later renamed The Artist's Loft) and became very involved in the community of Brattleboro. Together, they helped initiate and sustain Gallery Walk in Brattleboro.
Patricia was a proud and effective advocate for visual arts throughout Vermont and beyond. From 1993-1996, the couple co-directed the Stratton Arts Festival in Vermont.
Patricia possessed a lifetime commitment to do good work in all things. She began at Harvard University as the Director of the annual campaign for national and international charities and nongovernmental agencies. She completed her degree in art anthropology at Harvard, then continued her studies of Alaskan Eskimo and Athabaskan Art at the University of Alaska in 1977.
She had a passion for the art forms of indigenous cultures, weavings in particular. She had a special place for the Chilkat blanket from the Alaska Tlingit tribe. Patricia moved from Cambridge to Anchorage, Alaska in 1977.
During her eleven years in Alaska, she worked in Public Broadcasting as the Director of Development and was able to build the National Public Radio network of southeastern Alaska to become a top rated radio station with uplinks to the numerous bush and Eskimo villages of Alaska. For her work, she was awarded Alaska's Best of the North award and was a regular presenter for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting national conferences. She also worked as a fundraiser for the progressive political candidates in Alaska.
She met her husband, William Hays in 1979 and they had many adventures, full of wonders and deepening love for each other and for all the inhabitants of this beautiful planet. Their travel and adventures continued throughout their life together. They bought a home in Liverpool, Nova Scotia in 2002 where they lived for four months each summer.
Patricia leaves behind a lifetime of cherished family and friends from around the globe. She was her husband's biggest fan and booster. She reveled in his creations, their love together and their always interesting conversations. Although she suffered greatly from her bouts of CFS/Fibromyalgia for more than two decades, it never stopped her from feeling immensely grateful for Life. Memorial contributions should be made in Patricia's name to Doctors Without Borders.
A memorial service will be announced for November in Brattleboro.
Published in Brattleboro Reformer on July 13, 2013