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Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Sad News

Posted By on Wed, Dec 14, 2005 at 9:46 AM

Pat Hejny died yesterday morning. Her son, Rama Schneider, posted the news in the comments thread of her blog, Pat Political. A memorial service is being planned for Saturday morning at the Church of the Good Shepard in Barre. I'll pass on more details when I know them.

I only met Pat once, at the Vermont Blogger Meetup in October, but she and I had spoken over the phone a couple times previously. I first interviewed her last February, for a story I wrote about seniors and technology, and then spoke to her again in the spring for a story about the fiesty Older Women's League, of which she was a member. We also corresponded occasionally via email about blogging.

That's not much of a history — basically, we hardly knew each other — but when I met her, Pat greeted me with such genuine affection that I felt like I'd known her for years. I think she must have hugged me at least twice. It put me immediately at ease.

Pat's enthusiasm, her persistent commitment to activism, and especially her willingnesss to embrace change made a lasting impression on me. I know others feel the same way. I'm sad that I didn't have another chance to see her, but I am extremely grateful to have had the opportunity at all. The world needs more people like her in it. She will be missed.


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Cathy Resmer

Cathy Resmer

Deputy publisher Cathy Resmer is an organizer of the Vermont Tech Jam. She also oversees Seven Days' parenting publication, Kids VT, and created the Good Citizen Challenge, a youth civics initiative. Resmer began her career at Seven Days as a freelance writer in 2001. Hired as a staff writer in 2005, she became the publication's first online editor in 2007.

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