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Transcript A Friend Died Today December 5, 1985 i lost a friend to death today. If Pat had lived seven more days it would have been her birthday. She did not eagerly anticipate birthdays. We had laughingly pro- posed that we were 26 year old minds held captive in defective aging bodies. It was a simple joke -- except her's was more defective than we knew. It is ironic to think that Pat is dead. Those who knew her thought of her as the personification of quiet strength. When anything was to be done, Pat was the one per- son we knew we could rely on for work, for support, and for en- couragement to do more. She ex- uded an aura of personal warmth. Her love humor, and conscious- ness sustained all of us. I watched her futile battle against death these past months, and marveled that she never con- ceded a single inch to fate. Her only complaints were expressions of her frustration. She had so much more she wanted to do. WE shared a dream to travel together to Hawaii, New Zealand, and Australia -- when we would have the time in the future. We knew it was a dream that could not come true, but we would talk about what we would see, the friends we would visit, the peo- ple we wanted to meet, and the things we would do. I date our close friendships from the opening of Judy Chicago's Dinner Party at UH/CLC. She and I worked together to staff the docents for the exhibit. We shared a labor of love. We loved The Dinner Party and what it said to us, as women, about women. Pat wound up in the hospital then with a ruptured appendix and peritonitis. She put off going to the doctor, in part, because she considered a "hot appendix" an untoward and unwelcome intrusion into her love affair with the exhibit. I remember how happy she was taht she recuperated enough to attend the party at the clos- ing of the exhibit. When I think of Pat, I immedi- ately remember her self-effacing humor,her kind concern for her friends, and her love for two un- lovely black cats. By her example she taught me the meaning of pa- tience and endurance. She also taught me to openly express my friendship and love for others with a hug or a timely squeeze. It's the little things that catch me up short and force me to con- front the painful reality of her death. I find my hand straying unconsciously toward the phone to call her. I want to tell her about some sexist stupidity I've just heard, to get her reaction to someon's officious pronounce- ment about some women's interests or capabilities, to offer her a ride me to a meeting, to.... I look at the stack of unfieled paper in my office and I remember the solution we proposed to our shared disorganization -- a roar- ing bonfire. My cat leaps to my lap and insists on my immediate total attention, and I remember Pat's black cat with its scraggly disreputable coat and the way it claimed the right to drape itself most uncatly and unceremoniously across her shoulder. I do not cry because Pat died. Death released her from pain. Today when I cry, I cry for myself, in my lonliness for her. I lost a friend today. Rema Lou Brown