In memory of Patricia Weeks, Founding President of the Rochester Friends

This remembrance was written by Lucy Bahn, Friends Board Liaison to the Rochester Friends.

Patricia Weeks
Patricia Weeks

We fondly remember Patricia Weeks who died in March at her home in Rochester at age 93. Patricia had a keen interest in art history, architecture, and antiques. Trained as an English teacher in New York state, she moved with her physician husband to Rochester, MN, in 1957.

Patricia was fortunate to take many classes and museum trips to China, Japan, and most of Western Europe. She was secretary and then president of the Alice Mayo Society and served on numerous community boards including the Rochester Art Center. In 1983, she founded the Rochester Friends of the Minneapolis Institute of Art. Patricia was able to bring some of what Mia had to offer to Rochester, at that time a community of 60,000 people, and the Rochester Friends thrived. Pat was joined by a core group of highly educated and widely traveled art enthusiasts who made trips to Mia and were able to attract Mia experts who traveled to Rochester to deliver monthly lectures as well as workshops.

Her energy, knowledge, and enthusiasm for bringing art to Rochester will be missed.