The Reading family and friends have lost a loving and extremely talented speech therapist who had a big heart and an infectious laugh. She also had a passion for bringing people together, either to help someone solve a problem or to bring friends and family together for lively conversations, great food and, of course, the famous wines of Paso Robles! …. always accompanied by her beloved sidekick (Dachshund) Molly.
Born in Cedar Rapids, IA to Lawrence and Dr. Florence Reading, she graduated from Regis High School (1961) and the University of Iowa (BA 1966) (MA 1967). Patricia died at home on April 3, surrounded by family and friends.
Before retiring a few years ago, Patricia was a speech, language and swallowing therapist for over 50 years. She began her career at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center as a speech pathologist and head instructor. In 1974, she moved to California to work as a speech therapist at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. In 1997, she became director of speech therapy at Los Gatos Rehabilitation Center. Her entrepreneurial spirit emerged in 1987 when she founded “Language Solutions”, a company specializing in accent reduction and an “Adult Out-Patient TBI (Traumatic Brain)” program, but simultaneously continued to work as a speech therapist with adults with neurological disorders and head and neck cancer at Stanford University Hospital. In 1997, she energetically devoted her full time to successfully helping adults and children with communication difficulties at the ARC Rehabilitation Clinic in Templeton. She was thrilled to work with young children who were experiencing limitations in communication development.
Her colleagues respected her for being exceptionally thorough, effective problem solver, making therapy interactive in a fun way, and successfully engaging families in the therapy process. One said: ‘We loved her for her strength, her grace, her honesty and her commitment.
She was an independent spirit who sparked energy in others and will be missed. She is survived by her sister, Beverly (Reading) Haddon (husband Hal); deceased brother, Lawrence (Bud) Reading; loving niece, Kelly Reading, nephew Daniel Reading (wife Sara), deceased nephew Tony Reading (wife Tania), and all the nieces and nephews she adored, Skyler, Tatum, Tabitha, Talia, Tevia, TJ, Taggart, Vesper and Anchor.
A “celebration of life” is planned for the end of the summer. If you would like to honor Patricia with a memorial gift, please consider Secondchancelove.org (to benefit rescue dogs) or CJDfoundation.org (to benefit CJD research for Patricia’s disease).