JEANNE ELLEN PATY
JEANNE ELLEN PATY Jeanne Ellen Paty, 91 years old died from natural causes on June 10, 2015. Born in Honolulu on April 11, 1924 to Grace and William Paty she lived with her family first in Nuuanu and then in the family home in Manoa valley. Following graduation from Punahou in 1941 Jeanne attended the University of Michigan receiving a Bachelor of Science in Education in 1945. She was a member of Alpha Gamma Sorority. She returned to the Islands in 1946 to teach Physical Education at Punahou followed by employment at the YWCA where she was the Director of Health Education for 2 1/2 years. In 1952 she received her Masters Degree in Public Health from Yale University under a Community Chest Scholarship. Jeanne was appointed Chief of the Office of Health Education in the Territorial Department of Health in Honolulu in 1953. Following Statehood she became the Director of Health Education for the State of Hawaii. For the next several decades she served the people of Hawaii by creating a Public School Health Curriculum to educate their children on issues of health and wellness. She was also influential in the certification of Secondary Health Teachers as well as establishing a fifth year in the professional degree program for the University of Hawaii Teacher Education Health Program. Jeanne attended Central Union Church and was very active in creating programs to enrich the lives of seniors in the community. As a member of Oahu Country Club she loved playing golf, winning the prestigious Presidents Cup Trophy. A talented athlete she also played tennis and was quite the swimmer in High School and college. Growing orchids, spending time with family, traveling and studying family history brought joy to her life. She believed strongly in education and was a life long learner, continually providing wonderful experiences for her ohana. She was a generous, kind woman, joyfully serving and encouraging others. Jeanne is survived by her older brother William "Bill" Paty Jr and her two nieces Meg Paty Wolter and Susie Paty Wurts and nephews Steve, Randy and Willie and their families. Jeanne will be celebrated on Saturday July 18th at Thurston Chapel on the Punahou campus. Visitation will be at 2 pm, service at 3 pm with refreshments at 4 pm.Donations in Jeanne's name may be made to Central Union Church or Punahou School.
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