Patricia C. Berlin, 83, interior decorator, painter

August 20, 2002

Patricia C. Berlin, a retired interior decorator and artist, died of respiratory failure Friday at Edenwald retirement community in Towson. She was 83.

Born Patricia Cleary in Chicago, she was raised in Santa Monica, Calif., where she graduated from high school. She earned her bachelor's degree in interior design from the University of Michigan in 1944.

She was married that year to Dr. Theodore H. Berlin, a Johns Hopkins University physics professor. In 1961, the couple moved from Towson to Scarsdale, N.Y., when her husband was appointed to the faculty of Rockefeller University in New York.

Mrs. Berlin's husband died in 1962, the same year that she was named interior design assistant to the university's president. She retired in 1984.

In 1968, she married Robert B. Mitchell, retired editor of National Underwriter, an insurance publication. He died in 1996.

A painter who worked in oils and watercolors, Mrs. Berlin exhibited her work at the Smithsonian Institution's Museum of History and Technology, Rockefeller University and Rutgers University Medical School.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. today at Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church, Baltimore and Ware avenues, Towson.

Survivors include four sons, Dennis A. Berlin of Phoenix, Geoffrey N. Berlin of Atlanta, Michael K. Berlin of Bethlehem, Pa., and Alexander L. Berlin of Dallas; a brother, Roger Cleary of Eustis, Fla.; and six grandchildren.

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