Saying Goodbye to Pat

You’ll see that the ALA Learning site has turned purple in memory of Pat Carterette, the Learning Round Table’s Past President, who passed away this morning.

From Pat’s husband:

Pat passed away this morning at 11:15 am. She was peaceful and fully ready at the end. She has asked that there be no memorial service or flowers. Those who would like to memorialize her could make a donation to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute’s Jimmy Fund. (And thank you to those who have already contributed!). Thank you to everyone for your love and support. You added immeasurably to Pat’s life in her last days.

You can connect with Pat’s family on Facebook:

I had the pleasure of becoming friends with Pat as a result of our work together for the Learning Round Table. It goes without saying that Pat was an advocate for learning and libraries. Pat and I talked frequently about our jobs, our marriages, and our children. I sometimes referred to Pat as my second mom though she preferred being called my sister. 🙂 Pat had a zest and enthusiasm for life that are hard to put into words. An avid runner and marathoner, Pat was vibrant and full of energy. She loved to talk about her children and how proud she was of them, and she liked to remind me that “this too shall pass” when I complained about my little ones’ teething or poopy diapers.

When I feel overwhelmed with work and life, I think about Pat who taught me, and told me frequently, that you don’t have to do it all at once. A hard lesson to learn, Pat taught me that it’s ok to space out having a family, work, and professional commitments. When I struggled with the idea of running for a Learning Round Table board position, Pat told me, “There’s plenty of time. You don’t have to do it all at once.”

Now looking back, I realize how ironic this is since Pat’s life was cut short. But then when I think about it more, I realize that Pat lived more in her 50-something years than most of us live in one or two lifetimes! I can’t think of anyone who packed more punch into the years she had than Pat. What an amazing woman. What an amazing life. I’m so glad to have had her as a friend and mentor.

Goodbye Pat. Friend. Mentor. Advocate. And loved by all.

About Lori Reed

Lori Reed, coauthor of Workplace Learning & Leadership: A Handbook for Library and Non-Profit Trainers, is a learning and communication strategist with more than twenty years experience in learning and development. A 2009 Library Journal Mover & Shaker and a 2010 "One to Watch" for paralibrarians, Lori graduated cum laude from East Carolina University with a Bachelor of Science in Communication. Lori is a certified Synchronous Learning Expert and a North Carolina Master Trainer and has traveled across North America speaking about libraries and training.


  1. Lori, what a beautiful tribute. You really captured the heart of what if felt like to be in on a part of Pat’s life. In her fully active life, she always took time to share of herself with her friends and impart a bit of her spark to all of us.

  2. Want to publicly add to the private thanks I expressed to you for helping paint a picture of what we’ve lost. Deeply appreciative for all you do to make this blog and the ALA Learning Round Table a deeply established and highly supportive meeting place for a first-rate community of learners.

  3. Lori, I had the pleasure of knowing Pat for many years, and sincerely appreciate your beautiful tribute to her. She was a beautiful spirit, and the world is better for her presence. Thanks for taking the site purple!

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