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Eileen van (Pat) Breemen

Eileen (Pat) van Breemen

SALISBURY—Eileen (Pat) van Breemen, advocate for children and education.

Eileen (Pat) Hines van Breemen, daughter of the late Leona Fisher Hines and Dr. Harry M. Hines, died at home in Salisbury, a week after celebrating her 88th Birthday.

Born in Iowa City, IA, on Dec. 31, 1924, she graduated from the Iowa City High School and the University of Iowa before receiving an A.M. degree from Mt. Holyoke College in Massachusetts. While a research associate in the Department of Anatomy at the University of Iowa in 1948, she married Dr. Verne L. van Breemen. After living in many places, she settled in Salisbury, in 1966.

Mrs. van Breemen was an active volunteer and leader of many organizations including President of the League of Women Voters in Wicomico County, President of the Democratic Club of Wicomico County, and President of the Mental Health Association of the Lower Eastern Shore. She also served on the Wicomico County Library Board of Trustees and two terms on the Board of License Commissioners of Wicomico County. Her most rewarding volunteer activity was serving for many years as President of the Lower Shore Association for Children with Learning Disabilities. An active advocate for children with learning disabilities, she counted their parents among her closest friends. After raising her family, Mrs. van Breemen took a position at Holly Center in Salisbury, where she worked for many years as public relations director and volunteer coordinator.

She is survived by her three sons, Verne Howard van Breemen of Salisbury, Richard B. van Breemen of Elmhurst, IL, and Peter A. van Breemen of Gaithersburg, Md.; and by four grandchildren Christina van Breemen of Kansas City, MO, and Bridget, Evan and Megan van Breemen of Elmhurst, IL. Her parents and brother, Dr. Howard H. Hines predeceased her.

Mrs. van Breemen was one of the founders of the Wicomico River Friends Meeting where a memorial service is scheduled for Saturday Jan. 26, 2013 at 1:30 p.m. The Meeting is located at 519 Dykes Road in Salisbury.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Salisbury Zoological Park (P.O. Box 2979, Salisbury, MD 21802) or to Coastal Hospice (P.O. Box 1733, Salisbury, MD 21802).


Published in The Daily Times on Jan. 11, 2013
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