THE HONORABLE PATRICIA ANN MCFATE: PASSIONATE SUPPORTER OF THE ARTS IN SANTA FE The Honorable Patricia Ann McFate, M.D. Ph.D, passed away peacefully on August 16 at her home in Santa Fe after a long illness. Dr. McFate will be greatly missed, as she was loved and admired by her family, friends and the many whose lives she touched. A life-long humanitarian, Patricia was an accomplished, courageous and passionate supporter of the Santa Fe Opera, Lensic Performing Arts Center, the Santa Fe Community Foundation, Las Campanas Community Fund, the American-Scandinavian Society, National Endowment for the Humanities, The Raoul Wallenberg Committee of the United States, Council on Foreign Relations, the University of Pennsylvania, and a number of additional educational institutions and community programs. She was a loving and devoted wife to the late Ambassador Sydney N. Graybeal. The last annual Santa Fe Opera performance of Fidelio, on August 21 will be dedicated to her by Charles MacKay, General Director. Long-time Santa Fe resident, Patricia was born in Michigan. She also called Houston, Chicago, New York, and Washington, D.C. home, before settling in Santa Fe. Professionally, she impacted academic, science, medical, and engineering, communities, earning advanced degrees in English literature and post-doctorate degrees in science and medicine. Dr. McFate was also an expert in the technical issues of national security; particularly arms control treaty verification and implementation. In 1996, President Clinton appointed to her to Scientific and Policy Advisory Committee of the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency. As a young academic, she wrote numerous articles on Irish folklore and James Stephens, Irish novelist and colleague of James Joyce and later served as Vice Provost of the University of Pennsylvania. But it was her love of the arts that became her life's passion. After serving as Deputy Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities from 1978 to 1981, she contributed to numerous arts organizations. Her love and admiration for the Santa Fe opera were demonstrated over many years through her valiant service on the Board of Directors and through her unfailing generosity in supporting the Company's commitment to the production of contemporary and rarely performed works. She was a beloved member of the Lensic family and served as Founding Director and Vice President. She was also a driving force in bringing opera broadcast to Santa Fe, encouraging the Lensic and Santa Fe Opera to begin presenting The Met: Live HD series at The Lensic in 2007. A memorial service will be held later this year in the fall, with details released at a later time. Donations may be made in her memory to the Santa Fe Opera, the Lensic Center for Performing Arts, the Santa Fe Community Foundation, and the Raoul Wallenberg Foundation. She is simply irreplaceable. May her memory be a blessing.
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Published in Santa Fe New Mexican from Aug. 20 to Aug. 24, 2014