In Memory

Patricia Lou Layne

Patricia Lou Layne

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10/01/17 06:57 PM #1    

Meredith J. Jones

I got to know Pat when we both lived in Ashton House in our senior year.  She was a smart, gentle and friendly person and I miss her. 

05/08/18 02:19 PM #2    

Emily Albrink (Hartigan)

Such a quiet, but sly in the best sense wit.  Good humor like a true foundation.

05/16/18 12:23 PM #3    

Nancy Bennett

Pat and I were freshman roommates in Willets and then next door neighbors in singles in the newly renovated Parrish North.  She was gentle and funny and very easy to live with.  She also was fierce and capable and smart.  We met on the streets of Manhattan in the '80's and discovered we had taken similar career paths - I was a producer of tv commercials at an advertising agency, she was working as a producer for a black-owned television station.   And then she was gone.  Almost without a trace.

I didn't know about white privilege as a concept at that time.  I have come to know more about it since, attending New York Theoological Seminary for my MA in Pastoral Care and Counseling in the Buddhist track.  NYTS has a largely African American, Hispanic, Korean student body.  So I was one of a handful of white Buddhist students.  I have been reflecting since, on what it meant to be an African Amercian woman at Swarthmore in the '60's versus my own experience of being a "white" or Caucasian woman at NYTS in the 2000's. 

I have learned so much from Pat that I didn't know I didn't know and I continue learning from her now - in reflection and in sadness. 

I am so sad that she will not be at our 50th reunion.   

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