Patricia Tarpley

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  • "Admirable in her quiet strength and generous spirit."
    - Walter Tarpley
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Patricia Newman Tarpley Born October 23, 1931 - Died October 28, 2015 That is the obit desired by Patricia, but as I'm paying for the space, I'd like to share some highpoints. My Beloved Wife, Adored Best Friend and Eternal Soul Mate. Pat was born on Staten Island, NY. Mother Gladys Foley, Lake Placid, NY. Father David Newman, Odessa, Russia. Her father served in the US Navy WW I and transferred to the US Coast Guard until his retirement. He also served at the discretion of the US Government, with special thanks from President FDR during WW II. Her mother attended the Katherine Gibbs Business School, was an office manager and a meticulous homemaker. It is easy to see where Pat inherited her talents. Her love of art, opera and classical music were instilled by her father at a young age. She sang professionally in NYC for years, both as soloist and in choirs. Pat's love of cooking and entertaining, elegantly, was inspired by her mother. She was known to host 20 to 40 guests from NIH (scientists) for the evening on short notice. Her mother's confinement with TB led Pat to choose work rather than an opportunity to attend Oberlin College. Pat's professional career began at Henri Bendel's as a model. She was quickly spotted by a buyer which led her to the Christian Dior's Boutique where she worked for 3 years. Her interest in fashion and business resulted in working with Arthur Jablow and Irving Stark, where she handled the west coast accounts for major stores and boutiques. She also worked with Nick Savage, who designed for Ceil Chapman. Actresses like Joan Fontaine borrowed her dresses. She was mentioned for costume design in an Off-Broadway show in Billboard Magazine. Pat became well acquainted with newbies on the fashion scene: Bill Blass, Ann Kline and Liz Claiborne. Photos of Pat wearing haute couture could be seen in major newspapers, magazines and newsreels accompanied by celebrities such as Cary Grant, Walter Pidgeon and sports caster Red Barber. Married Tom Tarpley following his internship at the USPHS Marine Hospital, Staten Island, NY and a whirlwind 3 year courtship. They had tours of duty with the US Coast Guard, USPHS Clinics in Buffalo, NY, before homesteading in the Washington area-NIH-AFIP. Pat continued working in the fashion industry, traveling to NY in the Season 3 to 4 times a year from her home in Chevy Chase. Following her mother's death she retired from the fashion business and accepted a position with NYU, offering training and courses in Executive Management in Washington, DC. She devoured the written page, "Nothing like holding a book and reading". Patricia was well liked and respected by friend and foe, for giving her opinion on issues of importance and what is expected in relationships. She earned the love of those she cared for by giving of herself. She was one of the founders of The Fezziwig Society, which moved from Chevy Chase to Darnestown and is now in Frederick. We moved to a farm near Johnsville, following retirement. The New Market Garden Club was an integral part of Pat's life in Frederick. As an active member and President, she was instrumental in the Club's achieving local, state and regional awards for projects such as the Sensory Garden at the Maryland School for the Blind and the Garden at Hospice House. Little did she know that she would ultimately be on the receiving end of her dedication to Hospice House. Her flower arrangements have been on exhibit at the Hagerstown Museum of Fine Arts and the Walters Art Gallery in Baltimore. Pat labored in the vineyard that they planted; she was good at plucking leaves. She joined in and helped with every fool idea her husband conceived. Her heart was filled with love for her animals; as many as nine rescue dogs at a time were present in the house, all sharing equally. This love kept the grim reaper at bay for longer than expected. A Good Samaritan and supporter of FCC, Pat was like Eleanor Roosevelt-a woman of privilege who understood the underprivileged. She gave generously to causes that reflected her passions. Her generous spirit touched all whom she loved. Maintaining her sense of humor and no nonsense approach to the end, she said, "Be glad for me. I've accepted it." She embraced every day of her life in the style of that quintessential Auntie Mame who opined "Life is a banquet but most poor slobs are starving…." With love and adoration for the greatest companion a man could wish for (52 yrs.), we (Dexter, Precious, Maxmillian, Snicker Doodles, Princess Teeni, and Lucy, the cat), wish you a peaceful pain free journey, until we meet over The Rainbow Bridge. For the support and care received from friends, health care providers, homecare and finally Hospice, Thank You. Survived by our not legally adopted families: The Mirchandani's/Advani's/India and MD, The Hayashi's/Japan, Galanis/Brace/MD, Folwell/Brooklyn, Petito/NYC, Watson/Williamson/Potomac, New Market Garden Club. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.



Published in Carroll County Times on Oct. 31, 2015
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