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Patricia Switzer, Founder and Friend, 1913-2011

In late December, I received word that Patricia Switzer, who with her husband Robert Switzer started this foundation, passed away peacefully and surrounded by her family. She was a strong spirit, with a wonderful sense of humor, great independence and was unfailing in her support of the Foundation's mission in service of environmental leaders. I feel fortunate to have known her, as well as all of the family members who have helped bring to life the positive vision of a world better able to sustain our environment for all the benefits, values and inspiration it provides.  

In memoriam -  

Patricia Davison Switzer, 98, died peacefully on Dec. 15, 2011 in New Bern, North Carolina, where she had been living for the past three years.

Born in Berkeley, California, on February 17, 1913, she attended Berkeley High School where she met her future husband, Robert C. Switzer. They moved to Cleveland in the 1930’s and settled in Shaker Heights. Robert and his brother, Joseph Switzer, subsequently founded the Day Glo Color Corporation. During their sixty-one years of marriage, Patricia and Robert always made time for travel and adventure even taking up skiing in their fifties.

Patricia was a talented pianist, dedicated philanthropist, and life-long advocate for the humane treatment of animals. In 1986, Robert and Patricia co-founded the Robert and Patricia Switzer Foundation, to support the education of talented environmental leaders and environmental projects throughout the world.

Patricia is survived by her three children – Brian Switzer of Cleveland, Ohio; Dr. Paul Switzer of New Bern, North Carolina; Ann Switzer of Larkspur, California; seven grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. Patricia will be remembered by all for her incredible generosity, her unwavering strength and her relentless sense of humor.