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Patricia Harsche Weeks Patricia Harsche Weeks, 75, a retired licensing executive and vice president of the Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia, died Thursday, Oct. 8, at the Sunrise at Granite Run Assisted living facility in Media, Pa., from complications of Parkinson’s disease. Whether called technology transfer, licensing, or business development, Mrs. Weeks’ field was turning the work of medical scientists into actual medicines and treatments that can be prescribed to patients to end their sufferings and save their lives. It is a field that straddles biomedical science, patent law, and commerce, and requires mastery of each. For many years, she was a leader in the Association of University Technology Managers, the national professional organization for people who do what she did. She served on AUTM’s Board of Directors and was its president in 2003. While her world was populated by patent attorneys, research scientists and licensing executives, not known anywhere as “life of the party” types – but Mrs. Weeks was. Female empowerment was her thing, and she mentored countless female executives – but not just in the office. She organized “goddess parties,” filled with wine and food, music and dance, for colleagues she always seems to make into friends. “Being a goddess meant ... being open to enjoy who we are and all that life has to give us. It also meant a commitment to fun and partying! Nobody loved a good party – lots of music and dancing required – more than Pat,” said her long-time friend, Meryle J. Melnicoff, Ph.D., retired director of business development at the Wistar Institute of Philadelphia, another national cancer center. The cliché “any excuse for a party,” was never more true than for the first goddess party, which Mrs. Weeks convened to celebrate her hysterectomy. The highlight of the party was when she ceremonially buried her ovaries in her Moorestown back yard. Once, in the 1980s, she heard that Macy’s in New York was attempting to get into the Guiness Book of World Records by organizing the worlds largest assembly of tap dancers to dance a single routine. “She dragged me into the city on a very hot Sunday in August where we were given tee shirts and straw hats, quickly learned a tap routine, and tapped down Fifth Avenue to Sammy Davis Jr.’s `The Candy Man,’” recounted her friend and former high-school classmate Barbara T. Cogswell. In that school, Queen of the Rosary Academy in Amityville, N.Y., Mrs. Weeks had been president of her senior class. But Mrs. Weeks was far more than fun and games. “Pat Harsche Weeks had an illustrious career in support of the mission of the Fox Chase Cancer Center,” said Kurt A. Schwinghammer, Ph.D., Vice President, Research & Development Alliances, at Fox Chase Cancer Center and Chief Business Development Officer of Fox Chase International. “She achieved national prominence as an expert in technology transfer, including her serving as president of the Association of University Technology Managers. Pat published numerous articles and books on the impact of technology commercialization on regional economies.” Mrs. Weeks was chair emeritus of the board of BioStrategy Partners and a member of the board of the Ideas x Innovation Network (i2n), which provides resources for young technology and energy companies in Chester and Delaware counties in Pennsylvania. She was former chair of the Philadelphia chapter of the Licensing Executives Society, a member of the Association of Women Entrepreneurs, of Women’s International Leadership, and was on the Advisory Board for Temple University’s Fox School of Business MBA program. Born in Vallejo, Calif., Mrs. Weeks was the eldest child of Nedra Gallagher Ely and Chief Gunner Richard Charles Ely. When Chief Gunner Ely was transferred from the Pacific to the Atlantic, his wife drove the family from California to New York in their Studebaker when Mrs. Weeks was 3 years old. She grew up in the newly established Levittown on Long Island. In 1958, Mrs. Weeks was the only girl among 13 junior high students chosen to participate in a math and science program developed under President Eisenhower and NASA in response to Russia’s 1957 launch of the Sputnik satellite. Upon graduation from high school, she won a Regent’s scholarship. In 1966, she graduated from State University of New York College at Oneonta with honors. She also had a Master of Science degree in Organizational Development from the University of Pennsylvania. Also in 1966, Mrs. Weeks married Walter J. Harsche. The couple lived in Hatboro, Pa., and in another Levittown, Willingboro, N.J., where their two children were born. Later, they moved to Moorestown. They divorced after 31 years of marriage. With the new century a new man arrived in her life, another Walter: Walter Weeks, a Philadelphia native with a B.A. in Philosophy from Temple University. They were married in May of 2003. They later moved from Moorestown to Foxfield at Naamans Creek in Garnet Valley, Pa., an over-55 community of 514 homes. Mrs. Weeks, of course, became president of their homeowners association. Mrs. Weeks is survived by her husband; her children, Michael Harsche (Laura) of Mount Laurel, N.J., and Megan Harsche of Saint Davids, Pa.; her siblings: Sue Claire Harper of Rehoboth Beach, Del., Joanne Buckley (George) of Leland, N.C., Terry Fries of Wantagh, N.Y., Richard Ely (Linda) of Hanover, N.H.; and her four grandchildren, Lucas, Grace, Abigale and Caleb Harsche. Mrs. Weeks is also survived by seven nieces and five nephews. She was preceded in death by her father, Richard C. Ely, her mother, Nedra Gallagher Ely and her nephew, Gregory Buckley. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a memorial service will not be held at this time. She was cremated. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, P.O. Box 5014, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5014.

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Published in Daily Times from Oct. 10 to Oct. 11, 2020.
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October 18, 2020
To Megan and Michael,
Richard and I are saddened to learn of the tremendous loss of your mother. She was a brilliant powerhouse who enjoyed and employed serious fun even way back then. She will be greatly missed by all, we are certain, but our small obit will never be the same knowing she is absent.

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Phyllis and Richard Mass
Friend
October 18, 2020
Pat was a wonderful colleague at Fox Chase Cancer Center - she always had a smile and a great sense of humor. She organized several management retreats (really the party side of the retreats). Still remember Pat asking me to do a “rap” roast of the Chief Executive Officer, so I organized the Punk Accountants and sang the roast. I knew Pat had our backs since it was a risky undertaking, so we all survived!! The world is a better place because of Pat - condolences to the family.
Joe Hediger
Friend
October 18, 2020
I had the privilege of knowing Pat through my dear friend, Walter Weeks. With no idea of her illustrious professional past, I basked in her warmth and bubbly personality as a new friend--sharing only a few visits at their home and in New York City. But Pat made a lasting impression--not only because of her elegance and marvelous sense of humor, but because of her staunch refusal to allow the encroachment of Parkinson's Disease to dim her light. She and Walter hardly ever stopped laughing and making witty cracks; I couldn't keep up with them, but came away with my sides pleasantly aching and my spirits lifted. Distance prevented our friendship from growing, but I knew there were great depths to explore--and I loved that she loved Walter so very deeply. I know her love for him will never die.
Dr. Ellen Schecter
Friend
October 16, 2020
When I think about Pat and the many wonderful times we shared what immediately comes to mind is Pat’s beautiful smile and the ever-present twinkle in her eye. Pat was full of life, had a great sense of humor, was always ready for a new adventure, and was so happy and joyful whenever I was in her company.

I have known Pat from when she worked in the field of Research Administration and more recently in her many leadership roles in the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM). She served as AUTM’s President and the organization was a better one under her direction and leadership. I remember one special time we shared at an AUTM meeting in 1986 in Banff where AUTM organized its first business development course. At that meeting Pat met Mary Frankel and from that time forward they have been fast friends.

Pat is a very special friend of mine who has had a great and enormous impact on my life both through friendship and professionally. She touched so many lives throughout her professional career and helped so many to advance in their careers. She always was unstinting in helping others always. Pat was a person who saw only the best in people and had the ability to bring out those characteristics that made for a better person.

One special memory not to be forgotten were Pat’s infamous Goddess parties to which she invited her many, many female friends. Everyone enjoyed good food, great music, lots of dancing and friendship. Many in attendance thought nothing of traveling long distances just to be part of these great and memorable occasions.
Marjorie Forster
Friend
October 16, 2020
When I think about Pat and the many wonderful times we shared what immediately comes to mind is Pat’s beautiful smile and the ever-present twinkle in her eye. Pat was full of life, had a great sense of humor, was always ready for a new adventure, and was so happy and joyful whenever I was in her company.

I have known Pat from when she worked in the field of Research Administration and more recently in her many leadership roles in the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM). She served as AUTM’s President and the organization was a better one under her direction and leadership. I remember one special time we shared at an AUTM meeting in 1986 in Banff where AUTM organized its first business development course. At that meeting Pat met Mary Frankel and from that time forward they have been fast friends.

Pat is a very special friend of mine who has had a great and enormous impact on my life both through friendship and professionally. She touched so many lives throughout her professional career and helped so many to advance in their careers. She always was unstinting in helping others always. Pat was a person who saw only the best in people and had the ability to bring out those characteristics that made for a better person.

One special memory not to be forgotten were Pat’s infamous Goddess parties to which she invited her many, many female friends. Everyone enjoyed good food, great music, lots of dancing and friendship. Many in attendance thought nothing of traveling long distances just to be part of these great and memorable occasions.
Marjorie Forster
Friend
October 15, 2020
What a loss and blow to us and her family. I had so much respect and admiration for her way with people and in driving toward common goals. Thank you for passing on the info Jon. Laura Savatski MBA, CLP, RTTP Technology Transfer Officer (she, her, hers)
Laura Savatski
Coworker
October 14, 2020
Walter, Michael and Megan, I was so very sorry to hear about Pat's passing. I was a co-worker with Pat at Fox Chase Cancer Center. I will always remember her infectious smile and laugh and her ability to make everyone feel comfortable. I was fortunate to attend one of the many parties she gave at her home and also shared the dance floor with her at many of the Fox Chase staff dinners.

Please know you are all in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
Lisa Abruzzo
Coworker
October 14, 2020
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
Roberta Ann Meitrott Messinger
Friend
October 14, 2020
As a retired employee of Fox Chase Cancer Center I knew Pat best through my position as Conference Center Coordinator and the NIH Ovarian SPORE. I send my condolences to her husband and family. Pat was a strong woman and I looked up to her.
Kathy Truesdale
Coworker
October 14, 2020
I was fortunate to work with Pat at Fox Chase Cancer Center from the mid 90's to when she retired. She was a leader and mentor who inspired me to always do my best. Her commitment to our mission was visible in everything that she did. I was also fortunate to run into her and Walter from time to time in Moorestown as we both lived there. It was wonderful to share an unplanned dinner with them both and hear about their life together and their travels.
My condolences to her family and loved ones. Pat was one of the absolute best!
Dawn Elliott
Coworker
October 14, 2020
My condolences to her family. I had the pleasure of working with Pat at Fox Chase. She was an inspiring mentor and a friend. I had the pleasure of attending her beautiful wedding. Parkinson's is a grim disease. It took the life of my Dad as well.
Karen Sheehan
Coworker
October 14, 2020
Pat Weeks AUTM
In her professional life, Pat was actively involved with Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) starting in the early 1990’s. Her board leadership roles included serving as VP Professional Development for many years , dramatically increasing the range of training available to AUTM members to improve professional skills in licensing, technology assessment, Intellectual Property management, and marketing technology to industry for commercialization. Pat served 3 years as President-Elect, President and Past-President from 2002 to 2004. During Pat’s tenure the association began the process of revising the By Laws to allow sponsorship of AUTM event, a pivotal decision which would lead to increasing the financial stability of the association for many years.
Pat was also instrument in developing AUTM’s Business Plan that led to the appointment of the first full time, paid Executive Director. A necessary strategic move driven by the growth of the association in membership and impact.
Pat was often accompanied by her beloved husband Walter at many AUTM Annual Conferences, and both hosted many memorably professional networking events that created important and life long connections among their professional peers. As a champion of equality for women and a role model, Pat was the driving force behind a wonderful group of women here in Philadelphia area, nicknamed The Goddesses, infamous for celebrating their success and independence.
Pat was well known for sending cards of encouragement and recognition for a job well done, or to acknowledging a special achievement, to her many friends and colleagues. A true goddess to all who were fortunate enough to know her.

Chris Yochim
Chairman, Delaware BIO
Strategic Adviser to HOYA
Chris Yochim
Friend
October 14, 2020
I recall quite vividly, some couple of years back when I came to visit! Pat rallied to be able to join us for a meal, but was already in a very weakened state and we rapidly returned to the house.

It was evident then and, from what I hear since, that you were and have been a real 'rock' for Pat. Thank you for that support. We as a family appreciate what you have done throughout a very and extended trying period.

God bless, John Gallagher
John gallagher
Family
October 14, 2020

When I think back on Pat the first words that come to mind are “what an amazing inspiring human being she was. I’ve always admired her -she had such great strength, knowledge, and charisma. I remember thinking after the first time I met her. “How did my dad get such a great catch”?! She was beautiful inside and out. She was classy, smart and inspiring. After seeing my dad and Pat together you could tell they made each other happy. They balanced each other out.
I remember when she used to have her “goddess” parties and she invited me. I had no idea what a goddess party was. But I figured, ok, I’ll give this a try. But I’m so glad that I was able to attend . It was a party that celebrated women in all different capacities. It brought women together with other women to energize their mind, body, and soul. I left that party hearing amazing stories from other women and it made me proud to be a woman. There was no stopping Pat. The love she shared with my father was amazing. They were able to travel the world together. And I am so thankful that my dad was able to spend that time with her. Being around Pat made you want to be a better person. I can remember meeting her one night to drop off Rylee to her because she wanted to take Rylee to see the play Annie. Rylee had so much fun-to this day she still remembers that experience. I remember she would also take us to “tea parties” and the nutcracker at fancy hotels in Philadelphia. It was always fun to get a little dressed up and act like “socialites”! Without Pat I probably would have never gone to these places. On holidays Pat would always make fancy foods and she was a good cook! She also gave the best gifts. They were always thoughtful , original, unique gifts. You can tell they were well thought out. Pat was an all around good person that people loved to be around. And the love between her and my dad was immeasurable. They each made each other want to be better people. I will miss Pat, but I will cherish the memories I do have of her forever. She will be missed but I can say that Pat made me a better person just having known her ❤
Heather Laloup
Family
October 14, 2020
We are both so sorry to hear the sad news of Pat’s passing. Pat was both an inspiration and a wonderful friend to each of us. The world will be a sadder place without her. We trust that you will have family and friends close to support you.
Love and fondest wishes to you and the families.
Phil & Cathy
Philip Ternouth
Friend
October 14, 2020
We promised we would get some words together regarding thoughts of our Pat.
These are random but from the heart. Pat has always been the most gracious, generous, non-judgmental, creative, engaging, openminded, bright, energetic and fun-loving friend. She listened but never judged. She had the best smile and most beautiful eyes. Pat could talk about almost anything in the world, have an amazing knowledge about it, and make the most boring subjects interesting. Her absolute excitement about good music, food, dance, or an experience was contagious. She loved hard and there was never a doubt she had your back. She was inclusive and accepting of people from all walks of life before it was in fashion. Pat gave the best parties EVER. Her love for her friends and family was palpable. She was totally unaware of how magnificent she was.

It is hard to describe pat in words. It’s more a feeling from the heart.

I hope you are doing well during this sad time. We are sending you positive thoughts and love,

Linda & Marco
Marco Zanoni
Friend
October 13, 2020
Pat has weathered many trials in her life with acceptance and courage. She also carried in her heart a great capacity for love and joy and approached life with a sense of adventure and curiosity. I have a picture of her and me with our faces painted at a Goddess gathering in her backyard. I was the mistress of ceremonies and what a time we had she drew people together in the best of ways.

She walked this world with dignity and grace and I hold her life with honor and respect.

– Joan Morrison
Friend
Joan Morrison
Friend
October 13, 2020
Pat, you were my counselor and dear friend since the moment I started my new life in patent law 30 years ago. My life has been forever changed for the better because of you, as have the lives of so many people you have touched with your wisdom, grace and laughter. I wish you peace in your transition and great joy in whatever comes next for you.

– Janet E. Reed, Ph.D.
Partner, Potter Anderson & Corroon LLP
Janet Reed
Friend
October 13, 2020
Pat was a life-giving force of energy. She was passionate in everything she did and loved deeply and consistently. She was also often shocking her friends with very funny anecdotes about life and people and because she did not have a big filter, her comments were always true but also very often unexpectedly funny.

She dragged her friends to happy dances at venues, after serous conferences she also led, that took place all over the U.S. and then beyond. She danced and loved furiously and had a huddle of close friends who often watched over her defensively and enjoyed her frequent Goddess parties where we got to celebrate being the females we truly are.

She will surely be missed.

– Annette M. Tobia Ph.D., JD
President and CEO
Dynamis Family of Companies
Advanced Science for Great Skin and Healthy Living
Annette Tobia
Coworker
October 13, 2020
Pat loved to mentor people. She was always there to help us navigate our professional and our private lives. No phrase better describes Pat’s leadership style than “Goddess-in-Chief.”

Pat encouraged all of her female colleagues to bring out our inner goddesses. Being a goddess meant not acting entitled, but being open to enjoy who we are and all that life has to give us. It also meant a commitment to fun and partying! Nobody loved a good party – lots of music and dancing required – more than Pat.


The Goddess trend began with a party, naturally. Pat invited a group of her women friends to her house to celebrate her recent hysterectomy (of all things!). Instead Pat had asked her surgeon to save the ovaries that were removed and she had them in a jar. At the first “official” Goddess Party at her home, we all formed a circle around a tree on her lawn where Pat buried the ovaries. As we danced, sang and celebrated, Pat officially declared us all to be Goddesses.


The original Goddess circle has been expanded many times. We celebrated Goddess dinners at professional meetings of AUTM and LES and Goddess holiday parties. Some of the Goddess outings became local legends that included bar-hopping or dancing into the night and even an excursion to Tijuana.

– Meryle J. Melnicoff, Ph.D.
Director of Business Development, Retired
Wistar Institute
Philadelphia, Pa.
Meryle Melnicoff
Coworker
October 13, 2020
Pat was a genius at organizing HOA Board and community meetings -- kind of like herding a bunch of cats.

The Viet Nam/Cambodia excursion was a once in a lifetime vacation a collection of unique experiences: our boat on the Mekong River, the "drink of the day," the bar on the open deck, the water bottles, kids everywhere we went, the bazaar in Siem Reap, and the hotel we stayed in there with the dancers.

Another trip was the river cruise to Normandy, our one-day excursion to the Mont Saint-Michel, and an Icelandic volcano erupting -- who would have thought? And then there was the Prague to Budapest cruise and being stranded there because of Hurricane Sandy. We sure have had some adventures!

– Jeff Lynn
Neighbor, Foxfield at Naamans Creek
Jeff lynn
Neighbor
October 13, 2020
I have had the honor and pleasure to have known Pat as her professor and friend when she took my class at Penn. She was extremely engaging and helpful not only to me but other students in the class. When people ask me about teaching I always think of Pat and say I learn much more from them than I could ever teach them. She not only helped a lot of her classmates but was extremely helpful to me. A truly genuine class lady! My thoughts and prayers go out to her and he family in this trying time. GOD BLESS YOU PAT!!!

– Bob Brady
Former U.S. Representative
Pennsylvania First District
Former Chair of the Democratic Party of Philadelphia
Bob Brady
Teacher
October 13, 2020
Pat Weeks was a great contributor to our Foxfield community. She brought needed leadership as the President of the Board of Directors, while dealing with a number of complicated and contentious issues.

Pat was very intelligent, organized, calm, friendly and caring. Our community owes her a debt of gratitude. I consider her a friend who will be missed.

– Gerry Leffers
Neighbor, Foxfield at Naamans Creek
Gerry Leffers
Neighbor
October 13, 2020
I remember Pat as such a lovely woman, smart, organized and a super leader for Foxfield.

What a special lady!

– Devara Goodman
Neighbor, Foxfield at Naamans Creek
Devara Goodman
Neighbor
October 13, 2020
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(Pat) was such a strong woman. She accomplished so much in her life. I thought very highly of her.

Pat & Walter were among the first people we met when we moved to Foxfield. She was always cheerful & always smiling.

– Jackie Boggs
Neighbor, Foxfield at Naamans Creek
Jackie Boggs
Neighbor
October 13, 2020
Pat was president of her senior classes at QRA (Queen of the Rosary Academy, Amityville, N.Y.). We graduated in June, 1962. She was my campaign manager when I ran for president of my class.

Many years later – in the 1980s – Pat read that Macy's was going to try to get into the Guinness Book of World Records for the most tap dancers doing the same routine at the same time. She dragged me into the city (New York) on a very hot Sunday in August where we were given tee shirts and straw hats, quickly learned a tap routine (easy for us who were always tapping dancing at odd moments) and tapped down 5th Avenue To Sammy Davis Jr.’s singing “The Candy Man”!

The organizers put everyone's name in a hat for a drawing for a free trip to Hollywood. They pulled my name.

I know she had many sad times in her life, but she was best when she was plotting to do something outrageous and fun.

– Barbara T. Cogswell
Schoolmate, Queen of the Rosary Academy
Barbara Cogswell
Classmate
October 13, 2020
My Aunt Pat ... especially loved children, and could relate to them as few adults really can. I remember Pat happily playing with my then 4- or 5-year old cousin Kelly, with her "She-Ra" doll, under a coffee table.
At age 7 or so, I was in a fairly serious bicycle accident. Aunt Pat yelled at the X-ray technician for not taking sufficient care of me. ... I recall feeling deeply comforted by her presence, and sensed her fierce protection and dedication to my well-being.
Aunt Pat understood the importance of self-presentation. She loved fashion, and was passionate about accessorizing. She had a beautiful complexion. "Girls, never forget to moisture, moisture, moisturize!"- - expert advice that I try to follow to this day!

– Meredith Harper Bonham '92, Ph.D.
Vice President for Student Affairs
Kenyon College

Meredith Bonham
Family
October 13, 2020
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Marina Volin
October 13, 2020
Pat was an amazing woman, and for me an outstanding cheerleader. She was fearless, both professionally and personally. Perhaps one of the most thoughtful things she did for me was agree to be a speaker at my home group...speaking eloquently about the process of regaining emotional health. How she would have loved us all to party all together in her memory.
Eileen Jaffe
Friend
October 13, 2020
I always had a wonderful smile. She was so friendly and outgoing. We here at fox field Enjoyed her leadership on the board of directors.Very sad about her passing . A beautiful woman, a pleasure to know. May god Have her rest in peace.
.Betty Lou davey
Friend
October 12, 2020
In about 2002, I was attending my first national AUTM meeting. Michael Batalia was VP Eastern Region if I recall correctly. Anyway, it was spring in San Diego, and we were invited to a lovely private dinner at a fancy restaurant. The windows were open and the scent of jacaranda trees filled the air. When we were seated, Michael introduced me to Patricia Weeks. How lucky was I to be seated at the table with the incoming president of AUTM, a woman! But that was just the beginning. I was mesmerized by Pat immediately-her smile, her radiant kindness, her sharp wit and sharper intellect. Her insight. The saying to trust first impressions could not have been truer in this case. I looked forward to seeing Pat at meetings, and was fortunate to attend a Goddess party at her home when the AUTM eastern regional meeting was in Philadelphia. The real treat, however, was attending her retirement party. In the “what next” conversation, she mentioned becoming a career coach. My own career was not exactly stellar, as I felt isolated in my work, stuck as a trailing spouse in a town with few professional options for a PhD chemist. Pat agreed to take me as her “guinea pig” coaching client. The thing I remember most is her challenging statements I made, particularly if I reported that “this person thinks...”. “Oh, did he/she say that, or are you inferring? Should you ask him/her?” Anyway, Pat couldn’t create jobs for me, but she helped me to see the benefits of what I was doing, and gave me hope that I could reinvent myself later, when I wasn’t juggling being primary caregiver to two children. She had. When Pat met Walter Weeks, her “glow factor” went up an order of magnitude, something I would not have thought possible. We enjoyed the meetings with late nights in dueling piano bars and later nights at the locals clubs I knew about in New Orleans.
We have lost the most lovely Goddess I have ever known. Sail on, Pat, and thank you for the inspiration.
Gina Stewary
Coworker
October 12, 2020
My condolences go out to Walter, and to Pat's children, grandchildren, and her step-children. It is so sad to lose such a kind and special person, especially due to her struggles with Parkinson's Disease. Pat was incredibly brave. As a friend, I valued her dignity and honesty. No topic was off the table and I could count on Pat to offer her insight. She often had me thinking about issues differently after we spoke. We often went to plays and shows together with Walter and my husband Barry and I loved our discussions afterward, even when we disagreed. That is who Pat was - a person who made it easy to talk to, whether you agreed or no. You will be missed Pat.
Jody
Friend
Jody
Friend
October 12, 2020
My deepest sympathy to the (Harsche) Weeks Families for the loss of your loved one, Patricia, and pray God sends you comfort, peace and strength.
JW/JKH
October 12, 2020
REMEMBERANCE OF TIMES WITH PAT WEEKS
My wife, Diane and I moved into the Foxfield “over 55” community 15 years ago. Soon thereafter we met Pat & Walter Weeks.
As I recall the first time we socialized together was at a New Year Eve Party in the Foxfield Clubhouse. As luck would have it Diane and Walter came from the same neighbor in Philadelphia and actually knew each other from when they were kids. So we struck up a conversation that lasted throughout the night comparing experiences and telling stories of “the old days”. The New Year Eve party was wonderful! At the ‘magic hour’ all of the homeowners in attendance joined in the Philly New Year’s Eve dance to celebrate the incoming year. Diane and I came away with the impression that Pat was very knowledgeable, self- assured and who spoke with authority.
After that first party together we became friendly and participated in many Foxfield events together enjoying our new found lives. As time passed, Diane & I became even more convinced that Pat was a very bright person who had a commanding presence and skills that would be very valuable to our new community.
The homeowners started to become responsibility for the Home Owners Association (HOA) in 2006 when we elected our first two homeowners to the seven members Board of Directors. When the 2010 Foxfield Board of Directors election process took place, Pat said she was going to run for the Board of Directors (BOD) and Diane & I were pleased and supportive. In that election the homeowners took total control of the BOD, and we needed homeowners on the Board who had the knowledge and experience to take this new multifaceted organization into the future. We were both convinced Pat was capable of leading the HOA through this new transitional period. We thought Pat was the right person at the right time and it proved to be true!
Pat was elected to the HOA Board by the homeowners and soon thereafter was elected President by the Directors and then led us successfully into a new era with the builder no longer controlling our HOA organization and a newly formed BOD which was able to deal independently and successfully with the builder and contractors.
We will always be thankful to Pat for both her friendship and leadership skills during that transitional period.
Bob and Diane McGonagle
Bob McGonagle
Neighbor
October 12, 2020
Walter was my husband, Barry’s, best friend. Barry and Walter saw each other pretty regularly, although I usually did not join them. Then Walter started dating Pat. He wanted us to meet her because he really liked her and wanted our opinion. We met in center city Philadelphia and walked around the art galleries and went to dinner. I called Walter the next day and said, “I absolutely love her! If she will have you, you are a lucky man.” From that day forward Pat and I were friends. Yes, the four of us went places together, even vacationing together, but Pat and I also shared our own time together. We lived quite a distance from each other but that did not stop us from meeting at various places for a good massage, a fabulous lunch, or a trip to a museum. Pat was kind, open minded, thoughtful, intelligent, calm, and a hell of a lot of fun. I am so grateful that our paths crossed allowing us to get to know each other and proud to be able to call her my friend.
Jody Sysler
Jody Sysler
Friend
October 12, 2020
Pat is such a wise, warm, loving person. She is the best boss I ever had. She has such vision and is compassionate and thoughtful. Probably my favorite memory is when she took our whole office to Le Bec Fin for lunch. I believe the occasion was when Marianne Weyhmuller graduated from The Restaurant School. It was the only time I ever went to the Le Bec Fin and was such a treat and so generous of Pat. I really admire her grace. I will be keeping Pat and all who love her in my prayers. Please don't hesitate to reach out if there is anything I can do. Love, Frances
Frances Dolces
Student
October 12, 2020
It was very nice getting to know Pat through are involvement at the Foxfield Community. I spent quite of bit of time with Pat during both Board and Committee meeting. She was a people first person and a very good listener. She took great pride in developing programs to enhance the Foxfield community. She never thought of herself but rather what was best for everyone. She was a kind and thoughtful person and will be truely missed.
Peter Littleton
Peter Littleton
Coworker
October 12, 2020
So sorry to learn that Pat has passed. I wished I had answered your earlier email asking for memories of her, but I could not think of any specific or newsy type of instances that others might have interest in. My longest and best memories will be how strong and fair and concerned she was for the affairs of our community as she presided over the Foxfield board of directors.
While serving as vice president during her term as president of the board I sat just to the right of her as she presided over our meetings. I early on noticed the tremors in her right hand and how she tried to conceal them, and I was concerned at that time they may have been early symptoms of Parkinsons.
I wish you well as you adjust to her loss.

Regards, Rodger
Rodger Smith
Neighbor
October 12, 2020
Years ago, when Pat was President of her HOA, she asked me to attend a community-wide meeting for the owners. I was squeezed on the agenda for just 5 minutes to give an update on the association’s reserve accounts which I managed. I arrived early so Pat and I could have a few minutes to catch-up. Pat told me to sit back and enjoy the meeting as they could often become ‘entertaining’. Soon after, the room filled and Pat began to lead the agenda through topics like new roofs, pool warranty contracts, etc. Now retired, Pat ran that meeting like so many she had overseen in her career – and I could tell she enjoyed every carefully prepared and planned minute of it. I will never forget that at about the 90-minute mark - during the Q&A portion of repainting parking lane signs on the pavement agenda item - an attendee in their mid-70’s raised their hand and demanded to change the subject to political yard signs. Pat, who had been pacing the room with her microphone, had made her way over to the woman asking the question. Pat very politely let the resident go on for some time about her concerns. Mid-way through this question, Pat turned and looked across the room, our eyes met, and she gave me a wink. She turned back to the woman and calmly said, “This isn’t on our agenda. We’re not having this conversation now. Please sit down.” It instantly clicked in my mind what Pat meant by ‘entertaining’. Pat had honed this polite and firm management of meetings and people over decades. I can bet the topics might not have always been exciting, but to Pat there was always an opportunity for entertainment. You can take the woman out of the boardroom, but you can’t take the boardroom out of the woman. That is the Pat I’ll always remember.

Timothy Sabol
Friend
October 12, 2020
I have had the honor and pleasure to have known Pat as her Professor and Friend when she took my class at Penn. She was extremely engaging and helpful not only to me but other students in the class. When people ask me about teaching I always think of Pat and say I learn much more from them then I could ever teach them. In her employment position she not only help a lot of her classmates but was extremely helpful to be. A truly genuine class lady. My thoughts and prayers go out to her and he family in this trying time. This was my pleasure to feel a little helpful at this time because I know she would do the same. GOD BLESS YOU PAT!!! Bob Brady
Bob Brady
Teacher
October 12, 2020
In July of 1988, I started working in administration at Fox Chase Cancer Center. Because my son was about to begin his senior year in high school my wife and I decided that we would not move to the Philadelphia area until after his graduation.

Don Leedy and Pat were the two people I remember most as having made me feel welcomed and at home in my new environment. Pat invited me to dinner at her house on several occasions and I quickly got to know how kind and considerate a person she was.

While I felt as though I had known Pat for many years and was always at ease with her It was the sense that she cared deeply about other people that impressed me most. I can recall an occasion where there was a report of a racial killing that had taken place in a rural area of the South and she was so shocked and upset that she cried. It had affected her personally and she was not one to hide her emotions.

Another thing I remember about Pat was her sense of humor and hearty laugh. She was a good storyteller and had a gift of delivery equal to that of the best stand-up comics. Her impersonations were imaginative as well as amusing. Never boring.

There are many other things I can say about Pat but those are the things that I remember most about Pat as a person and a friend. May God bless her and grant her everlasting life.

Bob
Bob Spallone
Coworker
October 12, 2020
I will always remember the time when Pat invited me to a "Diva" party. I had no idea what kind of party this was and was reluctant to accept. I decided to accept the invitation and to my surprise we had a fun evening.

Pat was the personification of a "Diva". She always dressed to the nines when there was a party. A fabulous and beautiful woman inside and out.

Regards,

Marypat
MaryPat Palmer
Neighbor
October 12, 2020
But the real issue is Pat and you-and my deepest condolences for what I know much
be a terrible, terrible loss—what a vibrant, wonderful woman! Such a wonderful partner! I am so sorry for
both of you that you had to suffer under the yoke of Parkinson’s and that it ultimately took her beautiful beautiful life.
Please know that I will be thinking about you ,re than ever. I wish i could do something to ease your pain.
with love,
elle
Ellen Schecter
Friend
October 12, 2020
Pat was a huge influence on my life. She have me my first job in tech transfer. I was fresh out of a postdoctoral fellowship and she took me under her wing, was an amazing mentor and an even greater friend. Watching her in a contract negotiation was a thing to behold. With her calm nature, she could convince a desert dweller to license a cup of sand. Pat was full of love and fun. Her Goddess parties for the Philly tech transfer mafia were legendary. Pat: I love you and miss you. Thank you for being part of my life.
Ellen Purpus
Friend
October 11, 2020
I'm so sorry for your loss Mrs.Weeks was always quick with a smile & a wave.
Betsy the Letter Carrier
Acquaintance
October 11, 2020
Walter, I am so sorry for your loss! I was fortunate to share many great moments with you and Pat when Aunt Pat and I were on a River Cruise with you (DANUBE).
Blessings to you and your family!
Much love
Diann Wilson
Diann Wilson
Friend
October 11, 2020
Pat was a special friend and a confidant for me in the early 2000s. I remember special times together in Calgary, Canada and Sao Paulo, Brazil. She opened my eyes to a different and more joyful way of thinking!
Terry Young
Friend
October 11, 2020
Hi Walter, we are so sorry to hear this news. I’m sure it is bittersweet since her quality-of-life had diminished from the vibrant woman she was. It is still so sad to think of a world without our Pat. She really was a uniquely special woman. You were so blessed to have her as your wife.
Take care and sending you big hugs.
Linda & Marco
Marco Zanoni
Friend
October 11, 2020
George and I send our sincere condolences and thank you very much for informing us.
I know that it will be a lonely and difficult time for you and that it is made even more difficult by the pandemic, but I think you are doing the right thing by postponing services for now. I think Pat would have wanted you to do that,
Yours truly,
Ann Nista
Ann Nista
Friend
October 11, 2020
Thank you for letting me know about Pat's death. May she rest in peace. She will always be remembered for her inner strength, her competence, intelligence and joy for life. I will sorely miss her.
Mary
MARY FRANKEL
Friend
October 11, 2020
My sincere condolences Pat was a intelligent and wonderful lady who was respected by everyone who knew her. God bless her !

Dan
Dan Pope
Friend
October 11, 2020
So sorry to learn that Pat has passed. I wished I had answered your earlier email asking for memories of her, but I could not think of any specific or newsy type of instances that others might have interest in. My longest and best memories will be how strong and fair and concerned she was for the affairs of our community as she presided over the Foxfield board of directors.
While serving as vice president during her term as president of the board I sat just to the right of her as she presided over our meetings. I early on noticed the tremors in her right hand and how she tried to conceal them, and I was concerned at that time they may have been early symptoms of Parkinsons.
I wish you well as you adjust to her loss.

Regards, Rodger
Rodger Smith
Friend
October 11, 2020
Pat Weeks
Remembrances from Colleagues

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I have known Pat for over 30 years! We would meet at AUTM (Association of University Technology Managers) and LES (Licensing Executive Society) meetings. Pat introduced me to fellow Philadelphia women, and we become known as the Philadelphia Mafia among our AUTM and LES
colleagues.

Pat was a wonderful organizer and networker. The Mafia was alive and well with Pat as the head. Eventually, the Mafia became the Goddesses after Pat had her hysterectomy and wanted to celebrate – thus the official Goddesses were born!

Our Goddess Parties were always fun, with food, drinks, gossip, laughter and of course, dancing! Pat helped us all develop our inner goddesses – to enjoy and embrace ourselves for who we are and enjoy
life.

I will always remember Pat with her beautiful smile, soulful singing voice, keen insight, intellect and wisdom. She was a wonderful mentor and role model to me.

– Jane Biddle

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What immediately comes to mind is Pat’s beautiful smile and the twinkle in her eye.

I have known Pat from when she worked in Research Administration and in the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM).

Pat helped so many to advance in their careers. She always was unstinting in helping others always. Pat saw only the best in people.

– Marjorie Forster
Baltimore, Md.

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I only knew Pat through AUTM, but it was a great experience.

I was Vice President for Membership when Pat was VP of Professional Development in 2001, with Terry Young as President.

In 2004, Pat was Immediate Past President and headed the Nomination Committee and called me and told me I was selected as incoming President. She then retired and came to a couple of meetings where she had joint problems. I still remember pushing her in her wheelchair and walking with Walter around the lake in Orlando Disney World.

She will be missed. A real lady and a fantastic person.

– John A. Fraser, RTTP, CLP
Past President, AUTM
President
Burnside Development and Associates

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Pat was an extraordinary person whom I love with all my heart. I met her when I started to work at the University Licensing Office and went to my first annual AUTM meeting -- the beginning of our long professional and personal relationship.

AUTM meetings always had some extra fun activities. One of my fondest memories is a trip to wineries in Napa Valley. We rented a car and driver and added Walter and a couple of friends. We went to three wineries. It was one of the perfect days when the company, weather and place all blend seamlessly together.

– Erika Geimonen, Ph.D., M.S.
Vice President for Business Development
Amring Pharmaceuticals

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Pat Harsche Weeks had an illustrious career in support of the mission of the Fox Chase Cancer Center. She served in various capacities during her 35-year career – as an administrator for research, vice president for strategic planning and vice president for technology transfer. She achieved national prominence as an expert in technology transfer, including her serving as president of the Association of University Technology Managers. Pat published numerous articles and books on the impact of technology commercialization on regional economies. Pat was respected by her colleagues, she was a terrific mentor to many, and she will truly be missed.

– Kurt A. Schwinghammer, Ph.D.
Chief Business Development Officer
Fox Chase International
Vice President, Research & Development Alliances
Fox Chase Cancer Center

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Pat’s the first (AND ONLY) person to ever invite me to a “Goddess Party.” After I expressed great admiration and amazement that she had thrown a “Goddess Party” to ceremonially bury her ovaries, which had been excised in a surgical procedure, I was on the invitation list for the next Goddess Party!

– Mark Crowell
Past President, Association of University Technology Managers


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I recall Pat’s steady guidance during the most difficult years before my divorce. We were on the AUTM Board together and she propped me up as needed.

I also learned to rejoice in my own being through Pat. Her view of herself and her female friends as “goddesses” supported my own growth. I became more self-assured and confident through my relationship with Pat.

I also recall her giddiness when she started dating Walter. It was obvious that she fell in love so hard!

– Anne C. Di Sante, CLP
Associate Director
MSU Technologies
Michigan State University

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Pat was a master at handling people from all walks of life. I hope it’s not too inappropriate here, but I was headed to a gentlemen’s club at some event many years ago (Yes, I told my wife). To my surprise, Pat willingly tagged along. The way in which she engaged the staff was shocking. They could immediately tell that she was not judging them. She always lit up a room and had a way about her that united people.

– Todd Scherer, Ph.D.
Associate Vice President for Research
Executive Director
Emory University Office of Technology Transfer
Past President, Association of University Technology Managers

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Serving on the AUTM Board with Pat was always a joyous experience. Some people just have a positive, lovable energy that draws others to them like a magnet. Pat had it and the world is a little less colorful with her passing.

– Frederick H Reinhart Jr.
Technology Transfer Office
University of Massachusetts Amherst
President-elect, AUTM

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Pat was actively involved with the Association of University Technology Managers starting in the early 1990’s. As VP Professional Development for many years, she dramatically increased the range of training available to AUTM members.

From 2002 to 2004, Pat served as President-Elect, President and Past-President of AUTM. She was instrumental the appointment of the first full-time, paid Executive Director.

A champion of equality for women, Pat was the driving force behind a wonderful group of women in Philadelphia area nicknamed The Goddesses, infamous for celebrating their success and independence.

Pat was a true goddess to all who were fortunate enough to know her.

– Chris Yochim
Chairman, Delaware BioScience Association
Strategic Adviser to Helping Our Youth Achieve (HOYA)
Chargé d' Affaires
Easy Rider Stable Relationships

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Pat was a great mentor/advisor to me. She reminded me how useful her psychology background was in dealing, and she helped me “diagnose” various inventor types.

She pushed me to travel on my own and not be stuck on having to travel with someone.

– Robin L. Rasor
Executive Director
Duke University Licensing & Ventures

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I served on the AUTM Board with Pat as VP Affiliates. The Affiliate VP represented all of the non-academic members including attorneys, companies, and other service providers. Pat made sure that, although representation on the board was through a single individual, she gave that voice the weight commensurate with its representation (about 50 percent) within AUTM.

The other memory I have is the song she sang to you as President of AUTM at the dinner at the annual meeting accompanied by the Infringers. It was and is one of the best torch songs in memory.

– John T. Perchorowicz, Ph.D., RTTP
Board Member and Treasurer
Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) Foundation

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I met Pat at an AUTM meeting around 1996 or 97. Pat and I served on the Board of Directors in 1998 and for several years thereafter. Pat was President-Elect when I was President (2002).

In spring 2002, Pat, Todd Sherer, John Perchorowicz and I made the first AUTM trip to Taiwan. We had to share clothes as my luggage had been lost. A highlight of her year as President Elect was her trip to Australia.


Pat took office as AUTM President at the Annual Meeting of 2003 held at Walt Disney World. It was a time of some difficult transition at the board level and Pat’s thoughtful, professional and creative approaches were just what the association needed.

– Janet Scholz
Past President, AUTM

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In July of 1988, I started working in administration at Fox Chase Cancer Center. Because my son was about to begin his senior year in high school my wife and I decided that we would not move to the Philadelphia area until after his graduation.

Don Leedy and Pat were the two people I remember most as having made me feel welcomed and at home in my new environment. Pat invited me to dinner at her house on several occasions and I quickly got to know how kind and considerate a person she was.

I remember about Pat’s sense of humor and hearty laugh. She was a good storyteller and had a gift of delivery equal to that of the best stand-up comics. Her impersonations were imaginative as well as amusing. Never boring.

– Robert C. Young M.D.
Former President and CEO
Fox Chase Cancer Center
Past President, American Cancer Society

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Pat was a quiet but commanding presence in presenting her views and guiding her rambunctious AUTM colleagues in getting things done.

She had great insight in the importance of how things are said, not just what is said. When a Board member proposed putting together “best practices” for AUTM, Pat said, “Why don’t we say `successful practices’ instead. Best practices sounds fixed and implies that there is only one way to do something, that there is no room for adaptation, changes or improvements. Successful practices works better.”

Successful practice it was and certainly Pat exemplified successful practice in life, work and friendship.

– Patrick L. Jones, Ph.D / MBA
Principal and Founder
Sahale Consulting


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Most of my memories of Pat are in regard to her participation in and leadership of AUTM. When Pat was elected President of AUTM, she asked me to be her VP for Public Policy an area on which she place great significance.

I am sure that the first impression of anyone who met Pat was the she was unfailingly cheerful and smiling always smiling. And her infectious laugh. It was hard not to immediately like Pat.

Second, she listened to people. Not passively or in the distracted way that people often adopt when they are actually planning out their next response before someone has finished speaking. Pat would not only listen but seek to draw other opinions into the conversation. She was genuinely interested in what other people thought. She actively sought to draw everyone’s best ideas into any decision making. It was this particular attribute that I most sought to emulate when I became President of AUTM.

Finally, she was a leader. She was willing to make the tough decision and own it. After everyone has had their say, a leader has to be able to synthesize all the input and decide how best to move forward. And she helped others do the same. Some vacillate and are immobile fearing making a mistake. Pat realized that not deciding was an unacceptable decision. She encouraged people to try even when uncertain. To not fear failure. Always have a backup plan. And be flexible enough to pivot to an alternative course.

I always enjoyed my many interactions with Pat. You would invariably come away feeling better for it.

Pat will be greatly missed by all her family, friends and former colleagues.

– Jon Soderstrom, Ph.D.
Managing Director
Office of Cooperative Research
Yale University
Past President, AUTM
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