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ECCE! IV Memorial to Barbara Patla PDF Email


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June 14, 1930 - Feb. 2, 2008

All of us at SeniorNet's Classics Project have lost a wonderful colleague, teacher, and friend. Barbara's Obituary speaks for itself: her love of Latin, her dedication and desire to further the Classics, combined with her working long hours well into her retirement to bring Latin and Greek in many ways to those who otherwise would not have had the opportunity was a true gift. We will all miss her. ~ Ginny

SOUTHINGTON - Barbara (Luty) Patla, 77, of Blatchley Ave., died Sunday, Feb. 2, 2008, at the Hospital of Central Connecticut at New Britain General. She was the wife of the late John G. Patla.

Born June 14, 1930, to the late Joseph A. and Genevieve (Murawski) Luty, she had been a lifelong Southington resident. Barbara worked for the Southington Board of Education as a Latin teacher at Kennedy Jr. High School and Southington High School, retiring in 1997. Prior to teaching in Southington, she taught Latin and Greek as well as Classics in English translation at Albertus Magnus College in New Haven, and Latin and English in Meriden at Jefferson Jr. High and Maloney High School. Barbara's extensive education consisted of a BA with a Latin major from St. Joseph College, West Hartford, a Masters of Ed. from Hillyer College in Hartford, and a Master of Arts with Latin major from Boston College. She did a summer study at American Academy in Rome under a Fulbright Scholarship and continued studies at Dartmouth Summer Institute for 27 years. She also attended classes at the President's College at the University of Hartford for eight years.

Barbara was involved in many professional associations over the years. She was a member, treasurer-secretary, and former president of the Conn. Section of the Classical Assoc. of New England and a member and secretary of the Classical Assoc. of Connecticut. She served on committees sponsored by the State Dept. of Education: Advisory Committee on development of Content Testing in Latin for certification of beginning teachers, committee to prepare Connecticut Assessment Tests in Latin and Committee to prepare booklet of strategies for teaching Latin. She was a member and board member of Connecticut Organization of Language Teachers and gave lectures and presentations at meetings of the Classical Assoc. of Conn. and the Conn. Organization of Language Teachers. She was the first to receive the Distinguished Service Award by the Classical Assoc. of Conn. On a community level she was a former member of the St. Joseph College Alumnae chapter, a former member and secretary of the Southington Board of Directors, a former member, secretary and president of the Southington Board of Public Health (VNA) and a former member and president of the Southington-Cheshire branch of the American Assoc. of University Women. She volunteered at the Media Center at North Center School in Southington from 1997 to its closing in 2004, and at the Arthritis Foundation. She originated and maintained a website for the Classical Assoc. of Conn. from 1998 to 2004, taught computer use for SeniorNet at the Calendar House and had been teaching Latin and Greek to senior citizens on the internet under the auspices of since 2004.

She leaves behind her three sons, David Patla of Plantsville, Gary Patla of Morrow ,Ohio and Richard Patla of Southington; her sister, Linda (Luty) Valencis of Southington; and grandchildren, Alissa Patla, Richard John (RJ) Patla, Kyle Patla and Kayla Patla. She was predeceased by her sister, Martha (Luty) Pellecchia.


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