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1929 - 2014  

Patsy P. Macaulay, 84, a journalist and mother, died on February 18, 2014 in Gladwyne, PA after a long illness.
Patsy was born to the late Ella and Purl Parkin on September 29, 1929, in Port Huron, MI. She graduated from Port Huron High School in 1947 and went on to receive a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Michigan in 1951. Patsy then moved, first to New York and then Washington, D.C., where she worked in both cities as a reporter for Life Magazine. Her stories for Life included pieces on the Kennedy administration, the wives of the Apollo astronauts, organized crime, and school integration in Little Rock, AR.
It was in Washington, D.C., where she met her husband, the late Joseph H. Macaulay. They married in 1960, living first in Georgetown and then, until the 2000's, in Bethesda, MD.
A member of Washington's Metropolitan Memorial Methodist Church, Patsy retired from Life in 1962 and, in 1989, became an active volunteer at the The Children's Inn of NIH. In addition to charity work, her interests included collecting, cooking and travel.
Patsy is survived by son, Colin Macaulay and his wife, Heather Swanson Macaulay, of Wynnewood, PA; grandchildren, Kaelie and Erin Macaulay; and son, Scott Macaulay and his partner, Robin O'Hara of New York.
A funeral service will be held April 16 in De Soto, WI, where she will be buried next to her husband. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be made to The Children's Inn of NIH.

Published in The Washington Post on Apr. 14, 2014
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