Patricia O. Goodyear, 62, T. Rowe Price executive and Walters volunteer

September 12, 2000|By Frederick N. Rasmussen | Frederick N. Rasmussen,SUN STAFF

Patricia O'Neil Goodyear, retired vice president of corporate communications at T. Rowe Price, was killed Saturday in an automobile accident on U.S. 50 near Queenstown. She was 62.

Mrs. Goodyear, who lived at Harbor Court Condominiums in Baltimore, was driving to her farm near Cambridge when she lost control of her car and struck a tree.

She joined T. Rowe Price, a money management company, in the mid-1960s as an executive secretary.

After she was promoted to vice president of corporate communications, Mrs. Goodyear established the Shareholder Communications Department, which produces quarterly reports and other communications sent to shareholders. She retired in 1996.

"Patricia was the consummate professional," said George Collins, former chief executive officer of T. Rowe Price.

"She was a very honest person who set high standards," said Janice McCrory, a friend of 35 years and an assistant vice president at T. Rowe Price.

Mrs. Goodyear's civic interests including serving on the board of the South Baltimore Learning Center and on the collection committee of the Walters Art Gallery.

"She had two central ingredients that made the Walters live and prosper," said Walters director Gary Vikan. "She loved the Walters and understood its position in the community. She had a very gentle spirit that was admired by all. Her death comes as an absolute shock to me, and she will be sorely missed."

Another interest was the South Baltimore Learning Center, where she was a member of the organization's board and was co-chairwoman of its capital fund-raising campaign.

"She played a major role in our fund-raising effort and was extremely dedicated to our mission to bring literacy and job skills to the disadvantaged of South Baltimore," said Sonia Socha, executive director. "She was very dedicated to the center and helped establish our credibility. It gave her great joy to be able to help the less fortunate. She truly had a caring heart."

A tireless worker, it wasn't uncommon to see Mrs. Goodyear busily stuffing envelopes or helping to organize a fund-raising event.

"She was our highest individual donor but never wanted any recognition," said Ms. Socha.

"She felt strongly about literacy and thought that education could help solve many of society's problems," said Ms. McCrory.

Mrs. Goodyear enjoyed spending time with her husband and entertaining friends at their 100-acre farm near Cambridge, which dates to the 1840s. She also enjoyed flower gardening.

She was a member of the Baltimore Country Club and was the first woman elected to the club's board of governors. She wrote a history of the club, which celebrated its 100th anniversary in 1998.

The former Patricia O'Neil was born and raised in Winston-Salem, N.C. In 1960, she received her bachelor's degree from Wake Forest University, where she was an active alumna and had served on the Board of Visitors.

She was a communicant of the Roman Catholic Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, 5200 N. Charles St., where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11 a.m. Friday. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Spedden Seward Cemetery, Hillspoint Road, Cambridge.

She is survived by her husband, James A. Goodyear, whom she married in 1960; a nephew; and several nieces.

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