Long-time Hershey resident Patricia Ann Naeye passed away peacefully in her sleep on December 4, 2022 at Messiah Lifeways near Mechanicsburg. She was 94.
Pat Naeye was born on August 20, 1928 in Allentown, Pa. to Louis A. Dahl and Erma Kutz Dahl. She graduated from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota in 1950. She majored in physics at a time when few women were studying natural sciences at the collegiate level.
Pat met her soon-to-be husband Richard in the summer of 1954 at the Pendle Hill Quaker retreat center in southeastern Pennsylvania. The couple married on June 4, 1955, during a period when Dick was attending medical school at Columbia University in New York City. During their New York years, Pat worked tirelessly in full-time welfare jobs helping disadvantaged people.
After the Naeyes moved to Burlington, Vermont, they adopted two baby girls from Hong Kong: Nancy in 1960 and Susan the following year. Pat gave birth to her son Robert in 1963. In 1967 the Naeyes moved to Hershey, where Richard was appointed the founding chairman of the Department of Pathology at the new Penn State University medical school. Pat spent many years in Hershey teaching English to Vietnamese refugees and Chinese students, helping them adjust to life in the United States. As an active member of the Derry
Township School District’s Parent-Teacher Association, she worked to improve the quality of public education. Mrs. Naeye was a member of Harrisburg Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quaker), where she regularly attended worship services with Dick.
Pat is survived by daughters Nancy Naeye Locke (husband David, children Sara, David, and John Timothy) and Susan Naeye; and son Robert Naeye.
A Memorial Meeting at the Harrisburg Quaker Meeting will be announced later. The family requests that any memorial contributions be made to the Harrisburg Center for Peace and Justice, 315 Peffer Street, Harrisburg, PA 17102. This organization uses all contributions to meet emergency needs for heat and other basic necessities for area residents with limited resources. Please share condolences at www.hooverfuneralhome.com