In Memoriam -- Patricia E. Dillon (T-4)
It is with much sadness that I report the passing, on September 20, 2006, of
Patricia E. Dillon (T-4). She died in her sleep, apparently of a heart
Patti was one of my T-4 roommates in Karabuk, and Angela Costanza Warner,
was the other one. Dick Bier (T-8) was also in Karabuk. We all had good
Patti was well liked by her fellow teachers, students,
neighbors, and friends in Karabuk. On my frequent trips back to Karabuk, I
invariably run into someone who remembers Patti and asks me about her.
Having been in Turkey a year before me, she was especially helpful to me in
translating what the Turks were saying. She was a very good hostess when we
invited the teachers over to our apartment for tea, and she was the one who
made Turkish coffee.
I remember my first Christmas in Karabuk, when we had a real Christmas tree
in our apartment. We decorated it with various and sundry things, but the
decoration that sticks out the most, were the candy canes. Patti, Angela,
and I went to a pastahane and described and drew pictures of candy canes and
asked them if they could make some for us. They did, and while they were
more like cookies than candy, they looked very good hanging on our tree, and
were tasty, too!
Patti and I kept in touch over the years, but only saw each other
infrequently, as she lived on the west coast (Portland, OR), and I live on
the east coast (Arlington, VA). We did get together in the summer of 2005,
at the Turkey Peace Corps Reunion in Portland. We had a lot of fun
reminiscing about the good
old days in Turkey, especially in Karabuk. She also had a wonderful time
getting together with the T-4s who were in attendance.
This past summer, Patti got to experience a lifelong dream of hers. She and
a friend traveled to Ireland and enjoyed themselves immensely.
Patti was a kind, gentle, and giving person. She helped out others less
fortunate than her, whether disabled children, or people stricken with AIDS.
She will be missed by all whose lives she touched.
Linda Scheffer (T-8)