Patricia Hunt-Perry was a beloved member of Unity of Albany from 2008 through her passing in February 2023. She moved to the Albany area to be closer to family after her retirement as a professor at Ramapo college in New Jersey. Concerned about finding a spiritual community here, she turned to her long-time friend, “Ramananda” John Welshons, who recommended she look into Unity. She found us, and we found her! Patricia’s warmth, generous presence, enlightened wisdom and good-hearted humor touched everyone she met and made an indelible impact on our Unity community, calling us to an ever deepening spiritual walk and a commitment to actively living it in this world.
We will begin the celebration of her exemplary life with our 10:00 am service. The celebration will continue with a luncheon and with multi-media presentations of Patricia’s many-faceted life throughout the facility, and will include a talk in the Sanctuary by her son Jeff Neal.
Patricia’s Obituary, Times Union, March 2023
Born on January 1, 1938, Patricia graduated from Newburgh Free Academy, Ohio Wesleyan University, and received her doctorate from Syracuse University. Professor Hunt-Perry taught American and international studies at Ramapo College in New Jersey from 1972-2008 when she retired to move closer to her grandchildren in the Capital Region.
Long active in social change movements, her influence and rigorous intellect spanned generations: Civil Rights, Immigrant Labor, Environmental Justice, and Women’s Rights. Her work seeking peaceful nonviolence brought her to Baba Ram Dass, Buddhism, and Thich Nhat Hahn.
Her family seemed to expand with everyone she met, Thanksgiving dinners were a melting pot of nationalities and cultures, all welcome at the farmhouse. Patricia knit together so many threads of life, always interested in who you were, not who you knew.
She traveled extensively as a visiting professor in India, in Eastern Europe with peace activists, in Ireland and England, and throughout the U.S. and Canada. Radio work at WBAI in New York City, television work in Toronto, the Master Lecture Series at Ramapo, and countless contacts at talks, lectures, and conferences formed lasting friendships.
Patricia is survived by her sons, James and Jeffrey; dear grandchildren, Tim, Jonathan and Spencer; and countless friends that have been family for so many years. That list was too expansive to publish here, but truly were the fabric of her life. Know that she loved and cherished you all.
The family would like to especially thank her caregivers, Suenita, Hamwantie, Naroopa, and Priya who guided her through this final stage of her journey; Dr. Zimring and The Community Hospice for exceptional care; and all of the friends who made the home-stay possible.
A celebration of life will be scheduled, but in the time and space needed. Please feel free to contact us at email@example.com. Tim and Jeff will respond there.
We ask that you send no flowers, but instead, plant a tree, cultivate a garden and make space for the birds, butterflies and moths.