Patricia Clahassey
Clahassey, Patricia ALBANY Patricia Clahassey, 89, peacefully entered into eternal life on Saturday, November 14, 2020. Born on February 5, 1931, Pat was the daughter of Loretta (Allen) Clahassey and John Clahassey. She was raised in Binghamton and graduated from St. Patrick's High School in 1949. She entered the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet at St. Joseph's Seminary in Troy. She remained a sister until 1970. She taught at the elementary and secondary levels at St. Patrick's School in Syracuse, at St. Columba's School in Schenectady, and Keveny Academy in Cohoes. She received a bachelor's degree in elementary education from The College of Saint Rose, a master's degree in art from the University of Notre Dame, and doctoral degree in art education from Ball State University. In 1970, she joined the faculty of The College of Saint Rose. Pat, along with Sister Margaret Maria O'Donnell and Karene Faul, helped to advance the art program into a full-fledged art department at the college. Pat served as the chairperson of the art department for nine years. During Pat's time as chairperson, she initiated the graphic design major as well as the development of the art education and graduate art education programs. She was a longtime member of the National Art Education Association and the New York State Art Teachers Association. In the 1990s, she contributed to the development of the state-wide goals for art education with the N.Y.S. Department of Education. After retiring from The College of Saint Rose, she continued making art with her quilting friends and visited museums and galleries. Pat will be remembered for her quilting talents and was an avid reader. She was forever curious about everything. She loved word puzzles. Her kind nature will be missed by many. Pat is survived by her nephews: Charles Clahasey, Paul Clahasey, Patrick Clahasey, and Brian O'Neil along with many friends who will miss her presence in their lives. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her brothers, Robert A. Clahassey and John J. Clahasey. Pat was a wonderful friend to the Faul family for many decades; her love, kindness and generosity will long be remembered. Relatives and friends are invited to visit with her family on Friday, February 5, 2021, from 1-2 p.m. at the Daniel Keenan Funeral Home, 490 Delaware Ave., Albany. Memorial services will be celebrated at 2 p.m. at the conclusion of the gathering in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Artists and Scholars Fund at The College of Saint Rose, 432 Western Ave., Albany, NY, 12203 Attn: Institution Advancement. Online condolences may be offered to Pat's family at

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Published by Albany Times Union on Nov. 22, 2020.
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Pat Clahassey was on the committee that interviewed me for a teaching position at Saint Rose back in the early eighties. She asked tough questions, but I remember her expression brightening with a smile and supportive eyes as I responded. She was not out to stump, but to encourage. It’s not easy to be a professional who expects others to be so, too, yet to be caring and encouraging at the same time. Pat was a master at this!

But Pat wasn’t only the consummate professional, she was also a highly innovative educator. Here is just one example: The World Wide Web, as it was called, was in its infancy in the 1980s, and the new desktop computer had yet to find a reason to be. But Pat was curious and intrigued! She brought the first computer into the Art Department, an Amiga 500, thinking that computers might be able to assist Graphic Designers. Twenty years later, the computer would be integral to the Graphic Design Program at Saint Rose. Yup, and the first email that I ever sent was to Pat.

Pat Clahassey was a gift. The legacy of her spirit, love, kindness, professionalism, innovativeness, and creativity will live on and continue to be spread by hundreds of her devoted students, admiring colleagues, and anyone who knew her.
Scott Brodie
November 30, 2020
Our deepest condolences to the Clahassey family, and Joe and the Faul family. Pat's legacy lives on through the thousands of working artists and educators teaching in schools throughout New York and the U.S. Her warmth, intellect, and contagious chortle remain with us. Thank you Pat for your service to others and being such a wonderful human being.
Stacy Orsini
November 28, 2020