Patricia Ann Richards Armstrong

Profile Updated: August 23, 2017
Residing In: London, London, England, United Kingdom
Spouse/Partner: Divorced
Occupation: Freelance Music Teacher and sometime singer
Children: Rachel Margaret Armstrong. Born 1983

Sammy Armstrong. Born January 26th, 1982 - died March More…11th, 1982.
Yes! Attending Reunion
Attending Shaker '64-50th Reunion (08/02/14)


Do you still see/talk to/hang out with any classmates? Who?

Not really, apart from the occasional heartfelt message to Susie Weisberger Ratner. As of our 50th reunion I occasionally meet up with Debbie Cole when she visits London...always a treat. Oh, my giddy could I forget to mention Judith Gerson and Marianne Coplan Schapiro. And Joan Bailey (Ingram) with whom I had a delightful lunch at her and Bill's home in rural Hertfordshire just this past Sunday - 20th August, 2017.


My dear friend Dick Prentke advised me "not to go" to this reunion. He was a year ahead of us..I won't go into the reasons. Suffice it to say that 10 years ago we were still pretty much in the thick of things happening...and now we're, most of us, standing on the sidelines hoping for the best...I don't like being sidelined...and, indeed, according to the younger generation, we're flippin'' parasites: things were great when we were young - anyone could get a job. But things is different now, and not different in a good way!

But my mind is not made up. If it so happens that I can see a window in my freelance employment, if it so happens that I'm feeling good about myself and how I look and what I'm doing, and if curiosity and residual warmth towards quite a few human beings who happened to be in our class of '64 kicks in...then I will fork out the air fare to get to Cleveland in August of 2014. More than that I cannot say. The 2004 Reunion was fun from start to finish...but 10 years has made a difference for most of us: "Getting old ain't for sissies" according to Bette Davis - that inimitable old lady of stage and screen.

Not that I feel that old...I still don't need to dye my's the same colour it's always grey...I kid you not...but going into a restaurant alone and not being noticed is a thing which has happened recently...and it's been years since anyone on a worksite has done anything more provocative than saying, "How're you doing, love," wiith a somewhat tender and avuncular tone of voice...sometimes sexism is not so bad.

But I'm lucky in that I have my daughter Rachel, in Seoul, teaching primary school under the aegis of Dulwich College...a London "public" school i.e."private" which has branches in the
East for Asian parents who want their children to be totally fluent in English...they, the parents pay a fortune for this education, and Rachel finds it very,very fulfilling. She's not with me, nor is my husband from whom I've been separated for 18 years...we're still friendly and eventually WILL get divorced... Live with two darling affectionate cats - but not yet a crazy old cat lady...have a life full of teaching, going to plays, exhibitions, theatre, films etc....and I guess that's the way it's going to be...could be worse...could be better...but I'm not complaining. And as far as finding a partner for my declining years...I don't see that happening. I'm far too contentious, set in my ways, don't suffer fools gladly, and refuse to take a back seat to a male of the species...unless he's far smarter, or kinder, or just delicious to be around...and them kind of males have already been snapped up! I hope I don't sound bitter...just realistic! Being alone ain't the worst thing in the least you don't have to share the "remote!". And if things get really dire..I'm not a Catholic...and having my stash of sleeping pills and a bottle of 18 year old Malt
Whiskey to hand...I have an alternative! But have no intention of using said methods for quite some time...unless I start forgetting the day of the week etc.

My adventurous days are over, or so it would seem...but that's OK, too...had maybe a few too many adventures in my life..."non, Je ne regret pas". Sorry about that for you who remember your French lessons.

In any case that's the state of affairs with me, good ole Patty Richards...sorry I cannot give you a more definitive answer...keep me on your "maybe" list.

Wish you organisers the best of luck - it's a thankless job...but thanks to you in advance! Good Luck!

Yours most faithfully,

Patty Richards Armstrong

School Story:

That's a hard one! There's always that anal aperture Reynold Ellis...I also had a hideous run-in with the saintly James Bresnicky...he expected better than he got from me...and one day he really made me pay! I was unprepared...could usually bluff my my through...and on said day I couldn't quite manage to disguise my lack of preparation. He humiliated me in front of my classmates, most of whom had done the requisite homework...but there was no place I could hide...he ripped me to shreds...and I deserved it...but I could never go into that classroom again without feeling horrible...I managed to be sick for the rest of the term...and when the exam came along...I passed..just. I still remember it as if it were yesterday...and the abiding feeling is guilt that I let HIM down! AND I DID! But being a teacher now, I hope I don't ever do what he did that day...he gave me no way of "making it better"...I had failed as a human being...I let this teacher of whom I was so fond "down" big time...and there was no way I could make reparations...there should always be a way back!...perhaps there was...but I didn't see it...I was totally bereft!

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Posted on: Jul 14, 2019 at 12:46 PM

Dear Evie,
I cannot attend the coming reunion for various reasons, all of them rather sad. But I do wish everyone who makes it a really fun time. Thank you and all your helpers for all the work you've done - it's appreciated nonetheless. Best wishes to you all!

Patty Richards Armstrong

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Howard was one of the Moreland mensches.  His musical talent set him apart - but not as far as friends were concerned.  It was at our 40th Reunion that he and I talked at length about so many things.  I remember him as a compassionate and lovely human being from the very beginning...may his family take comfort in the fact that he is remembered with such fondness and gratitude.  Great teachers are such gifts to all.  


With deepest sympathy,


Oct 10, 2018 at 2:53 PM
Jul 14, 2018 at 8:33 PM

Karen was SO beautiful.  She was not unlike, in looks, her slightly misspelt doppelgänger Kim Cattrall! (Samantha in "Sex   and the City").  She, among many others in our class of '64 lost  through the years, will be remembered fondly and sadly missed.All of us, still around, are into our 80th decade.  How, in 1964, could we have imagined  being that OLD!  Nature is kind in that none of us has that kind of imagination!  Best wishes to all of us for a productive time for as long as we have left.  May we be doing the things we need to do to ensure a decent life on a small and endangered planet for our grandchildren...great grandchildren.  Best wishes to us ALL!










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Apr 20, 2018 at 9:23 AM

Happy Belated Birthday, dear Elda! Hope all is well with you. xxx

Mar 30, 2018 at 4:46 PM

Posted on: Mar 30, 2018 at 4:27 PM

Happy, Happy Birthday, friend for so very many years...may the day be a lot of fun for everyone - but especially YOU.

Jan 06, 2018 at 4:34 AM
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Posted on: Dec 07, 2017 at 3:59 AM

Dear Eddy, Belated wishes for your birthday....all best wishes for you and yours,

Dec 03, 2018 at 10:49 PM

Posted on: Dec 07, 2017 at 1:02 AM

Dear, dear Eddy,

Sent belated birthday wishes 2 days ago but neglected to push the "send" button...NOT TOO GOOD AT THIS STUFF. In any case HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY! Hope this finds YOU, Susan, Timothy, Benjamin in fantastically fine fettle. Think of you often in surprising split seconds!...always fondly. You remain one one of those "remaining" kids. Indeed, we had some significant correspondence in the past...for which I'm grateful. I'm hoping you have not RETIRED! Men like you should NOT do so. Nor have I! I think I can do "DO GOOD" for as long as I can sit in in a circle of little kids and "turn them them onto MUSIC! They"ll have to carry me out "feet first".

Rachel is now in Chicago, again teaching at a British school - 2 years in Seoul, 3 years in Kuala Lumpur. She's finding it slightly difficult. But I'm sure she'll "find her feet". She adored SE Asia...the people, the weather, the scenery,...EVERYTHING. BUT she's looking for a MATE...and SE ASIA is NOT ideal.

I hope, friend, that we can continue this correspondence....not just at birthdays, yours and and mine are just a scant month remain a VERY significant memory, an happy memory in those long ago years,

Nov 28, 2017 at 5:13 PM
Nov 20, 2017 at 3:27 PM

Dear Paul,
Since I first encountered you in Warrensville Heights, both of us in elementary school (Clara Barton, I think) I thought you just the cutest boy ever! How delighted I was to find you had moved to Shaker, too! Not that I ever dreamt of communicating my delight at our reasonably simultaneous move "upwards". We moved, and no doubt, still move in different circles. Not that I was in the least bit shy, but the lines were drawn, and crossing them was unimaginable.

I care not that anyone can read this. Time erases all of those restrictions. We've all lived lives of various successes and failures. But you might take pleasure in the fact that a somewhat nerdy, pudgy girl always thought you probably were the "greatest thing since Stonehenge" as far as boys my age were concerned. And still you that we never had anything but the most superficial contact...if that: thus I was NEVER disabused of my incredibly high opinion of you.

I'm sure I'm not alone in having these sweet memories of "darling" kids we knew "slightly"...I bet I'm not alone in thinking YOU were pretty nifty. And other girls thought other boys pretty nifty, too..and boys thought along the same lines regarding certain "cute"'s a rite of passage. Good ole junior high, high deliciously deep our yearnings were! How VERY innocent our yearnings were. How glad I am that we all had no access to "social media"!

Hope your birthday was a happy one! In January I celebrate my 72nd. ARGHHH! I do NOT like being OLD! But I guess it beats the alternative.

Fondest belated birthday greetings from Stoke Newington (London), formerly Islington,

Patty (Richards Armstrong)

Photo of me in one of my costumes in "Phantom of the Opera" - I managed to get into the "original cast" back in 1986. Don't look like that now...

Oct 26, 2017 at 5:56 PM

Posted on: Oct 26, 2017 at 5:53 PM

Dear Joe,

Sent you a long discursive email to the email address I thought was right. It was full of thoughts, questions and some funny memories. Obviously the address was wrong in that the email bounced back. Could you, would you send me your CORRECT email address at mine ? Would like to reconnect if that appeals to you. Think of you often and fondly. Strange times, n'est ce pas?

Patty xxx

Oct 24, 2017 at 12:06 PM

Hope your birthday was a good one, Andy. It's been a strange year so far, n'est ce pas? I watch events with ever increasing concern, but am in no position to do much about them except to continue to work with little kids expanding their musical horizons. Had no idea of how much I would ADORE teaching. Plan to keep on as long as possible. My daughter has become a teacher, too. It seems to run in the family. All the best to you and yours. Patty Richards Armstrong

Oct 16, 2017 at 3:52 PM

Posted on: Oct 13, 2017 at 5:29 PM

William (Bill), I hadn't "twigged" that you are the lucky husband of one of the sweetest kids at SHHS. Have such good memories of her and her lovely sense of humour and generosity towards all. Sorry my political beliefs are so different from yours and hers. My experiences are different, and I don't feel that I can pretend otherwise just to avoid your various unkind and vituperative responses. I give everyone the right to believe in what he or she thinks "right". It's a gift we Americans have received at a great price. I have no ill will towards any of my classmates who have a different perspective from mine. I don't understand the Trump supporters; I think he is a crass, stupid, vapid and DANGEROUS man. But I believe I still have the right to think these things. When you adjure me "to stay in the UK", I wonder where you're coming from, I mean, what causes you to have such an adamant viewpoint? Am I no longer free to express my opinion? That's sort of scary, is it not? I'm as much an American as you and Kathy, but I am diametrically opposed to most of what Trump "thinks" will strengthen America. He seems to me to be divisive at a time when we need to join together.

Oh well, that's all for now...sort of. I wish the best for all of us, but I don't think this man is "presidential" in any way, shape or form. America is NOT an island...we, the human race, are all connected, now more than ever. WE NEED TO TALK TO ALL INVOLVED! Be they Muslims, corrupt African states, Chinese, Indians, Venezuelans, Brazilians et al...TALK IS the ONLY option. As Winston Churchill said "jaw, jaw not war, war"...sorry for, no doubt, misquoting, We humans are on a precipice...and I cannot see how a man who talks from his weird, and, in my view, ignorant view of the world can be in any way helpful in mending the terrible rifts which exist today. His stance on North Korea, much as I DESPISE that regime, much as I pity the citizens under his insane rule, is like a game of "chicken" between two MEGALOMANICS. Neither man has a thought about how dangerous this "game" is. They're both CRAZY! IT'S NOT A GAME OF CHESS - although I doubt either of them has ever played the game...their intellects are not capable of that.

Anyway, this is my "white flag" - let us speak in less unfriendly terms in the future. Hope you can manage that...please don't think it's a flag of "surrender"! I just can't see any point in our being "at loggerheads"! Too many points of agreement!

All the best to you and Kathy. It DOES seem as though you're enjoying a very happy retirement and that life has been good to you both. You, no doubt, deserve it!

Patty Richards Armstrong

Aug 23, 2017 at 6:51 PM