Patricia A. Culley
Patricia A. Culley

February 27, 1928 - November 23, 2016
Born in Cincinnati, OH
Resided in Cincinnati, OH

Obituary

Patricia A. Culley (nee Gearon), 88, teacher and former Chair of the English Department at St Xavier High School, died peacefully at her home in the Belvedere Apartments, Avondale, on November 23rd. Predeceased by her husband, Tom (1990), deeply missed by her daughter, Laura (Meleney), son, Joseph, son-in-law Alexander, grandchildren Anne, David and Andrew Meleney, great-grandchildren Max and Sam, and sisters Jean (Murphy) and Peggy (McNamee).

Though Pat spent most of her childhood in Newark, NJ, in the early 1940s the family moved to Urbana, Ohio. There she met Tom – back from the war – and they married in 1948 and settled in Cincinnati. In the late 1960s Pat returned to education and completed her MA in English from the University of Cincinnati.

In 1981she joined the English department at St X – and found her true calling. She was an inspiration to a generation of students and a beloved colleague to her fellow faculty and staff. She served with distinction, including as department chair, until her retirement in 1993, but remained engaged with the school and was a member of the Board of Trustees.

A lifelong political activist, she was committed to the struggle for a fairer society, whether that be civil rights (as a member of the Catholic Social Action Commission of the Cincinnati Archdiocese in the 1960s), feminism, or promoting opportunities for education to the disadvantaged (a Board member of Visions Community Services, in 2012 she was presented with the Charity in Action award).

She also kept aflame her passion for teaching by joining UC's Lifelong Learning Institute, where she presented, among many, a now famous course on James Joyce. She taught with the institute from 1995-2013 and was on the Board from 2001-06.

Equally, she was a valued member of the venerable Noonday Literary Society. She was a strong supporter of the Arts in the city, attending the symphony, opera, the May Festival or Playhouse, and served on the Board of the Children's Theatre.

Pat's funeral Mass will be held at Bellarmine Chapel, Xavier University, at 11am on Saturday, December 10th, followed by a reception at the Queen City Club, 331 East Fourth Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Pat's name to St Xavier High School, 600 W. North Bend Road, Cincinnati, OH 45244, St Ursula Academy, 1339 East McMillan Street, Cincinnati, OH 45206 and Visions Community Services, 425 Ezzard Charles Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45203.

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Services

Memorial Service
Bellarmine Chapel
3801 Ledgewood
Cincinnati, OH US 45207
Saturday, December 10, 2016
11:00 AM
Reception
The Queen City Club
331 East Fourth Street
Cincinnati, OH US 45202
Saturday, December 10, 2016
12:15 PM

Charities

St. Xavier High School
600 W. North Bend Road
Cincinnati, OH US 45244
St. Ursula Academy
1339 E. McMillan St.
Cincinnati, OH US 45206
Visions Community Service
425 Ezzard Charles Drive
Cincinnati, OH 45203