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In Memory: Patricia Barr Crowe

posted Jun 23, 2016, 6:04 PM by Ned Peirce
Patricia Barr Crowe
June 29, 1933 - May 26, 2016  

Patricia Barr Crowe, PhD., beloved wife, mother and grandmother, passed away at her home in Arlington on May 26, 2016 after a long illness. Pat was born on June 29, 1933 in Paris, France, and lived both abroad and in the US on many Army posts where her father was stationed. She accompanied her family to China in 1948. In 1949 she was evacuated with her sister and mother to Japan when the communists took over China. Upon her return to the US, Pat graduated both High School and Junior College from The Holton Arms School. Pat married Godfrey Crowe in 1954, and she continued to travel, accompanying him on his Army assignments until they settled in Arlington, VA.  

Pat received a BA, MA, and PhD. in clinical psychology from The George Washington University while raising 5 children. She served as director of the children's clinic at the Arlington County mental health center until going into private practice in 1975. Pat pursued training, and became one of the first clinical psychologists to be certified nationally as a psychoanalyst. Pat maintained an active practice until 2009, when she suffered a stroke, and retired.   

Pat had a quick wit and an incredible sense of style. She was an excellent cook and a gracious hostess, extending invitations to dinners, or family vacations, always wanting to include others in things which brought her joy. She loved spending time with her grandchildren, being at her home in Maine, gardening, cooking, and raising her many dogs over the years. Her myriad talents were evident to all she met. She was passionate about her career, always seeking to increase her own knowledge, and impart this knowledge to others.   

Pat is survived by her devoted husband of 61 years, Col. J. Godfrey Crowe, USA (ret), and her children, Dr. David Crowe, Susan Mumford, Trish Reifenberger, Karen Brandecker and Finnie Caldwell, and by her 11 grandchildren. She is predeceased by her parents Maj. General David G. Barr and Vivian Louise Barr, and her sister Virginia Barr Cavanaugh.   

The family will receive visitors at Murphy Funeral Home, 4510 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA, 22203 on Sunday June 5th, from 2-4pm and 6-8pm. The church services will be held at St. Mary's Episcopal Church, 2609 N Glebe Road, Arlington, VA, 22207 at 11:00am on Monday June 6th . Internment at a later date in Arlington National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimer's Association.  [obituary on line]

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