Patricia Ann Richards Armstrong

Profile Updated: November 1, 2022
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)

Yes

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 aunt...how 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.

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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 hair...it's the same colour it's always been...no 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 world...at 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: Dec 11, 2022 at 4:00 PM

Happy Birthday in a few days, Mr. Blake, Class of ‘64 Keeper of the Keys and Holder of so much Information Re: our formative years’ STILL beautiful suburb. Seriously, Joe, your research and kind communications have been so appreciated by me and, I’m sure, just about everybody else in our class…the class in which so many things began a rollercoaster transformation. Thank you so much, and may this birthday be really special for you and your eminently successful family. Job well done! I don’t think we are aligned politically, but that’s a moot point. We’re still “TALKIN” and grateful! Have a Merry Christmas and a most Happy New Year.

Patty Richards Armstrong…I’m finally getting used to thinking I’m related to Neil!

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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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Oct 30, 2018 at 8:33 PM

 

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,

Patty

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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

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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.

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