Patricia Seaman Daniels

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1920 - 2013

Pat Daniels died on August 8, 2013 in Oakland, CA. She was 92 years old. Pat was born at the Seaman family estate called 'The Beeches,' on the Hudson River in Beacon, NY on September 20, 1920. Her parents were George William Seaman and Irmingarde Van Horn Seaman (Freeman).

Pat attended Barnard College and New York University, specializing in Medical Technology. At the beginning of World War II, she trained as a lab technician at Bellevue Hospital in New York City. She entered the United States Navy as a WAVE in 1944, serving during war time until 1946 at St. Albans Hospital in Queens, N.Y. While there she expanded her lab training. In 1947 she began a 38 year career in Parasitological Medicine at New York Hospital.

In 1948, she married James Daniels, a writer and member of a prominent Raleigh, N.C. publishing family, publishers of The News and Observer. Jimmy wrote a column for many years entitled 'Kaleidoscope' for that paper and others describing life in NYC. They enjoyed life in New York City until Jimmy's health began to fail and they moved to the family home in Franklin, N. C. Jimmy died in 1961 and Pat returned to New York in 1963.

She resumed her lab work at New York Hospital and joined a research team working in tropical medicine with Dr. Anne Kimball and Dr. Ben. H. Kean. She retired in 1985 and in 1993 moved to Oakland, CA to be near family. During her years in Oakland, she was very active in the United Nations Association (UNA), serving on the Board of Directors, chairing two committees and volunteering at the UNICEF shop. There is a tile in Jack London Square in Oakland dedicated to her for her work with the UNA-USA East Bay.

Pat was a direct descendant of United States President John Adams and a great niece of John Quincy Adams. She was the youngest of eight children, all of whom preceded her in death: George Jr., Sarah, Ogden, Anne, Margaret, Elizabeth and Emily. She is survived by eight nieces and nephews, including Gail Barry Bourque and Steven Paskowitz of Pt. Richmond, CA, who were her caregivers; 28 great nieces and nephews, and numerous great, great nieces and nephews.

Pat had a great zest for life and enjoyed traveling with family, classical music, mystery novels and especially a commitment to doing the New York Times crossword puzzle daily. She was an early advocate for ecological and sustainable practices, a life-long believer in fairness and justice and a fighter for human rights for all. Donations may be made to the United Nations Association of Berkeley, CA or Vote Smart of Montana.
Published in The New York Times from Oct. 20 to Oct. 22, 2013
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