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Patricia H. Garman, psychiatric nurse, teacher

March 22, 1930 – Jan. 1, 2014

Patricia H. Garman, who taught psychiatric nursing at D’Youville College and operated a private practice, died Wednesday at Hospice Buffalo, Cheektowaga. She was 83.

She was born in Selinsgrove, Pa., and earned a degree to become a registered nurse at Georgetown Medical Center of Temple University.

After taking off time to raise her family, she returned to school in 1973 and earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing at D’Youville and, later, a master’s degree in psychiatric nursing at the University at Buffalo.

Mrs. Garman, of East Aurora, then taught psychiatric nursing at D’Youville and started Counseling Specialists, to help families and children.

She established the Patricia H. Garman Behavioral Health Nursing Endowment Fund at UB to support the School of Nursing on issues related to mental health.

Her honors included the Dr. Philip B. Wels Outstanding Service Award.

Mrs. Garman was a founding member of the Compeer Greater Buffalo board of directors, a former board member of the Western New York Women’s Fund and a member of the Niagara Lutheran Health Foundation, UB Foundation and Mental Health Association.

She enjoyed traveling, gardening, reading and was a supporter of many organizations, including Roswell Park Cancer Institute and the Girl Scouts.

She is survived by her husband, Richard; three daughters, Michelle Parrish, Kathy Gleason and Melissa Baumgart; two sisters, Barbara Armstrong and Carol Hetherington; a brother, William Hetherington Jr.; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Jan. 11 in Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 1080 Main St.

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