Patricia Weed
1932 - 2013
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NORTHAMPTON - Patricia Weed of Northampton, Professor Emerita of French at Smith College, died after a brief illness on Jan. 2, 2013, in Littleton, N.H.

She was born March 31, 1932, in Newton, the daughter of A. Rogers Weed, Jr. and Virginia Sheehan Weed.

An alumna of Smith College, Class of 1953, Trish pursued graduate work in French Literature, earning first an MA from Middlebury and then a Ph.D from Yale. She taught at Wellesley College before joining in 1962 the Smith College French Department, from which she retired in 1997.

Trish's research focused on 17th Century French Literature. A Ph.D thesis on La Fontaine's Psyche' was followed by articles on Saint Simon and Madame de Sevigne and she regularly taught advanced courses related to her field. Whatever the level of the class, Trish is remembered by her students for her dynamic classroom presence, her high standards, her legendary wit and linguistic creativity, her kind patience and her contagious love of her discipline. This role as a transmitter of French civilization was officially recognized in 1981 by the French Government which bestowed on her the honor of the Palmes Academiques.

Trish also served the College in administrative roles, on numerous committees, as Chair of her department and as a frequent and enthusiastic Director of the Junior Year in France program of which she herself had been a member as an undergraduate.

In her spare time and following her retirement, Trish loved the natural world, planting trees and gardening. In Northampton, she was a parishioner of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish and the former Blessed Sacrament Church and she also devoted herself to the Pioneer Valley chapter of Habitat for Humanity and the Northampton Survival Center.

Her travels took her to New Hampshire, to New York for performances of the Metropolitan Opera and annually to her beloved France.

Trish is survived by a sister Marcia Fix and her husband Jerry of Easthampton; a brother A. Rogers Weed III and his wife Lynne of Spartanburg, S.C.; a sister Fourgie Smith and her husband William of Kent of Connecticut; eight devoted nieces, nephews and their families; as well as close friends in both the United States and France, including her colleagues Josephine L. Ott and Marie-José Delage.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Blessed Sacrament Church on Monday, Jan. 7, at 10 a.m., followed by interment at St Mary's Cemetery in Northampton. Arrangements are under the direction of Ahearn Funeral Home.

Donations in Trish's memory be made to the Northampton Survival Center or Pioneer Valley Habitat for Humanity.

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Published in Daily Hampshire Gazette on Jan. 5, 2013.
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January 13, 2013
This is in tribute to Trish, who gave so much love and friendship to her family, her colleagues, her students, and her community, and who left us too soon.

When I was a graduate student and struggling to find my way as a female scholar, Trish listened with a sympathetic ear but also gave me perspective. Over the years I learned of her own struggles as a graduate student and how she had kept her love for French language and literature, and the support of her friends, always at the center. She taught me how to make time and space for the work I loved, and she taught me the importance of communicating that clearly to others. She showed by example how to stand up for my intellectual passions though they be hard for others to understand. And in the study on Roe Ave, I saw for the first time how women's scholarly space could be, until then having only stood in the studies of men. Jo, Marie-Jose, and Jackie all taught me these lessons, but Trish most of all. It was guidance that continues to give me strength and vision to this day, now that I too am a woman scholar making my way alone, and hopefully something I pass on to my own students now.

To Trish, with deepest respect, affection, and love.
Margaret Pearce
January 7, 2013
HI MY NAME IS JANINE KOZLAKOWSKI I wanted to let everyone know that i got to really know patrica she was full of life always had a smile on her face i chatted with her when i would go to visit her my mom cleaned for her and she was such a loving caring always was so happy i know josphine and mary jo took great care of her threw this and i hope they know she was well cared for threw her ill ness we will miss you trisha i will miss chatting with you and i got to know marica and JERRY I AM SENDING MY HEART FELT CONDLENCES TO THEM AND JOSHPHINE AND MARY JO THANKS FOR ALL YOU DID FOR HER REST IN PEACE TRISHA DINE AND JANINE ALL OUR LOVE Janine
Janine kozlakowski
January 6, 2013
Will miss Trish,her wonderful smile and warmth, she was such a caring person.
Rest in peace.
David Auerswald
January 6, 2013
HI my name is Janine kozlakowski me and my mom diane marko cleaned for trisha and Josphine and mary jo i am so sad she is gone i am heartbroken and saddened she was so full of life so happy always to see me come we got to chat alot and i learned so much about her family and i am going to miss her so much you will always be in our hearts and thoughts prayers my thoughts are with josephine and mary they took care of her and were the best of friends god speed trish we will miss you so much your in peace know. always diane and Janine all our love Janine xoxoxoxo
Janine kozlakowski
January 6, 2013
I was saddened and shocked to read the passing of Trish Weed, my good colleague for many years at Smith College. It was particularly good, and expressive of her, to see that donations in her name may be made to the Northampton Survival Center. I know many will remember her well.
David Ball
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