Katherine (Pat) Patterson Krikorian, departed this earthly realm on Sun., Feb. 10, 2013 in Los Alamos. Born in Oxford, Miss. on Oct. 25, 1921, Pat came to "The Hill" at the tender age of 22 as one of the first 200 military personnel assigned to the Manhattan project. She met her husband, Krik in 1946 and they were married in Los Alamos in March, 1948. Before and after the war she was a civil servant with the Federal Government working for the Departments of Agriculture and State. Pat saw Los Alamos through the inception of the Atomic Energy Commission as it evolved into the Energy Research and Development Agency. After 37 years of government service she retired and traveled the world visiting six continents.
Pat was a woman of strong faith and worked in many volunteer positions at the United Church of Los Alamos. She believed that Los Alamos was a magical place where scientific mysteries were unraveled and international friendships made that went beyond governments.
Pat was preceded in death by her parents; Ike and Icy Patterson; brothers Jack Patterson, Paul E. Patterson and James Patterson and sister Virginia Sweeney. She is survived by her husband Krik; daughter Debra and husband David Porter of Glenwood; sister Mary Childers of Ashland, MS; David's two daughters; Robin and husband Carlos Porter-Alvarez of Miami, FL; Christina and husband Michael Gibson and their son Michael Joseph Lee Gibson of Magnolia, TX; and numerous beloved nieces and nephews.
Interment services will be at 12:45 P.M. Fri., Feb. 15, 2013 at the Santa Fe National Cemetery. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Sat., Mar. 9, 2013 at the United Church of Los Alamos. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her name to the J. Robert Oppenheimer Memorial Committee, PO Box 220, Los Alamos, NM 87544 or the United Church Memorial Fund C/O The United Church of Los Alamos, 2525 Canyon Road, Los Alamos, NM 87544. The family of Katherine (Pat) Patterson Krikorian has entrusted their loved one to DeVargas Funeral Home & Crematory of the Espa?ola Valley. 505-747-7477 or devargasfuneral.com