VIMS

Celebration of Life Service: Pat Sterling Hall

Location:  Williamsburg Unitarian Universalists, 3051 Ironbound Rd, Williamsburg, Va

Summary

There will be a celebration of life service for Pat Sterling Hall at 2:30pm on Saturday, December 15th at Williamsburg Unitarian Universalists, 3051 Ironbound Road in Williamsburg.

Full Description

There will be a celebration of life service for Pat Sterling Hall at 2:30pm on Saturday, December 15th at Williamsburg Unitarian Universalists, 3051 Ironbound Rd, Williamsburg, Va.  In lieu of flowers the family asks that you please make donations to the Gloucester Fire and Rescue Department, P.O. Box 1417, Gloucester VA 23061.
 
Pat’s obituary was in last Sunday’s Daily Press: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/dailypress/obituary.aspx?n=patricia-s-hall&pid=161370446
 
The Daily Press also provides an opportunity to leave a message for Pat’s friends and family: http://www.legacy.com/guestbooks/dailypress/guestbook.aspx?n=patricia-hall&pid=161370446
 
Sincerely, John T. Wells

Death Announcement (Nov 20, 2012)

Dear VIMS Community,

It is with deep sadness that I announce the passing of Patricia Sterling Hall, on November 19, 2012, after a courageous battle with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Pat came to VIMS in 1977 as a data entry operator in the Computer Center, then located in Byrd Hall, and retired in January of this year.

Pat Sterling Hall.Pat spent her entire 35 years at VIMS assisting faculty, staff and students on a daily basis. In her first job, Pat was responsible for transcribing and keypunching data from stacks of handwritten computer coding sheets. At the time, the keypunch room sounded like a factory, with “chunka – chunka – chunka” sounds of cards being dealt from the input hopper, being punched, and shot to the output hopper. In the 1980s, VIMS replaced its IBM 360 with a Prime 750 Minicomputer. Pat began to transition to her role as computer systems operator/administrator. She had just the right combination of practical computer working knowledge and common sense that the job required.

Throughout the years Pat embraced the evolution of technology. She bought one of the early IBM Personal Computers when they came on the market in 1981. She learned to program and wrote applications on the Prime and later in Unix to help many VIMS Departments automate and improve their workflow. As a system administrator and operator, Pat often described her role as the ‘Air Traffic Controller’ in ITNS. Pat became a valuable resource and advisor for many folks at VIMS who were also entering the world of computing. For her dedication, Pat was honored with  the VIMS Outstanding Employee Award for Administrative Support in 2001.

Pat’s contribution to the Institute was substantial. She was a dedicated employee and greatly appreciated on the VIMS campus for her sense of humor, calm demeanor, and generosity of spirit. For many years she greeted faculty, students and staff alike as they checked in to get their accounts, as well as when they left VIMS to go on to do great things. Pat was a co-worker and friend who will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by all.

An update on details of memorial arrangements will be furnished once they are available.

Sincerely, John T. Wells