Patricia J. Nehin, a former businesswoman, conservationist and lifelong activist, died Sunday in Waterfront Health Care Center after a long illness. She was 75.
Born Patricia Dwornik in Buffalo, she attended Riverside High School. She studied ballet in Buffalo and California before marrying in the 1950s and settling down to raise a family in North Buffalo.
Mrs. Nehin was president of Nehin Associates, a communication and industrial design firm that produced trade-show booths, advertising and marketing materials from 1980 to 1995.
Mrs. Nehin was an early member of the National Organization for Women and was active in the Peace Movement. She dedicated a lot of her time to the Delaware Park Steering Committee and was responsible for overseeing the planting of more than 750 trees in the Central Park District to replace diseased trees that had been cut down.
Mrs. Nehin traveled extensively, including throughout Europe, the Caribbean and the United States.
She enjoyed sailing, skiing and was an excellent cook, helping friends in the catering business with her skill and flair for presentation.
Surviving are her husband, Frank; a daughter, Siobhan; and two sons, Robert and Patrick.
A private family memorial service is planned.