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.