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Suzanne L. Patrick, 59, dog therapy coordinator


Suzanne L. Patrick, a dedicated community volunteer who coordinated a therapy dog program at the National Institutes of Health, died Friday at Johns Hopkins Hospital of complications from chemotherapy for breast cancer. The Mount Airy resident was 59.

Born Suzanne Landis and raised in Takoma Park, she was a 1961 graduate of High Point High School in Beltsville and attended the University of Maryland, College Park for two years before her marriage to Michael Patrick in 1963.

After her marriage, she worked for four years as a secretary at Goddard Space Flight Center.

While raising two sons, Mrs. Patrick volunteered as a Cub Scout den mother and Webelo leader, and also made fried chicken for countless dinners at Calvary United Methodist Church, where she was a member.

After her children were grown, she volunteered as secretary for National Capital Therapy Dogs, a group that ministers to hospital patients with visits from dogs. She coordinated the NIH dog therapy program, and visited patients with her Cavalier King Charles spaniels Molly and Scooter.

In 1996, Mrs. Patrick and her dogs were featured on the PBS television program Extraordinary Dogs.

Mrs. Patrick also volunteered as a secretary at Mount Airy Net, a social services coalition.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. today at Calvary United, 403 S. Main St., Mount Airy.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by two sons, Douglas Patrick of Homestead, Fla., and Christopher Patrick of Orlando, Fla.; a sister, Mezzy MacKenzie of Bowie; two grandchildren; and three step-grandchildren.

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