He said that Mrs. van Breemen had an abiding interest in politics as well.

"Again, she would do anything she could to encourage people to become part of the fabric of the community. When she saw a need, she was always willing to help," said Mr. Conway. "And she was well-known in Salisbury for her community activism."

Mrs. van Breemen enjoyed attending the theater and concerts and visiting museums.

"Pat was a dear friend for many years," said Dr. James P. Ostryniec, who was the assistant principal oboist for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra for 30 years.

"She was a founding member of the Eastern Shore Symphony Association that brought the BSO to the Eastern Shore. She thought it was very important for children on the shore to have the opportunity to hear the symphony," said Dr. Ostryniec, who is retired and lives in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

The symphony would perform in Salisbury both in the fall and spring, bringing an occasion for Dr. Ostryniec to spend time with Mrs. van Breemen.

"Jim would arrive early, and my mother would prepare dinner for him featuring shrimp scampi," said a son, Dr. Richard B. van Breemen of Elmhurst, Ill.

"Pat was always good to everybody. She never looked at anything that was less than positive," said Dr. Ostryniec. "People were willing to do things for her and it was impossible to ever turn her down. And the things she did for the community, were never about her."

Annette Burgess, who formerly taught history at James Bennett High School in Salisbury and now teaches abroad in English language schools, was a close friend for more than 40 years

"In addition to community activities, Pat was an excellent bridge player, gourmet cook, basketball fan, and avid reader," wrote Mrs. Burgess in an email from Taiwan, where she now lives.

"Pat encouraged and nurtured her family and friends to develop their individual talents and interests. She was quick to praise the accomplishments of her children, grandchildren and friends," she wrote. "I suspect many of us achieved more as a result of her encouragement."

Mrs. Burgess added: "She made a real difference in the lives of people and she did this without receiving public recognition for her many contributions."

Mrs. van Breemen was a founding member of the Wicomico River Friends Meeting, 519 Dykes Road, Salisbury, where a memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26.

She is survived by two other sons, Verne Howard van Breemen of Salisbury and Peter A. van Breemen of Gaithersburg; and four grandchildren.


An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated when the memorial service would take place. The Sun regrets the error.