Patricia Gipson (1971–2021)

To faculty and staff, 

I write with the very sad news that our colleague Patricia Gipson, a longtime member of the dining service staff, suffered cardiac arrest on Friday, August 6, and died while in hospice care on Sunday, August 15. She was fifty years old. Trish, as she was known to friends and coworkers, had been with the College for more than thirty years.

Originally hired as a casual employee in 1989, while she was still in high school, Trish left to pursue studies at Merrimack College before returning as a dining service production assistant. She later worked as a cashier, then rose through the ranks of cash operations to the level of manager before becoming assistant director of dining business operations, a role she held for ten years. 

Trish was one of those people who always did more, taking on increasingly complex and responsible roles in the department. She was a tremendous colleague with her quiet and gentle manner and was widely admired for her ability to focus on and prepare all of dining’s detailed financial and budget analyses. In her role as assistant director, she also provided support and guidance for the managers on the team. She was loved by all those she worked with and who knew her here at the College.  

At home, she was a source of love and support for her family; she helped her mom care for her father and was a devoted aunt to her brother’s children, spending hours helping them with homework when they were younger and taking them on fun outings through their teen years. She enjoyed a wide circle of friends and together celebrated life’s milestones and helped them with their children. I’m told Trish took pride in taking care of her house and, with her boyfriend, enjoyed being outdoors, especially hiking, kayaking, and going to the beach. 

Our hearts go out to Trish’s family and friends, and I join Trish’s colleagues and many of you in knowing she will be deeply missed by all of us at Bowdoin.