Patricia (Pat) McCloy died Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at UTMB Hospital in Galveston.
Pat was born in Craig, Colorado on November 7, 1935 to Georgena Hotchkiss Mullins and Leonard F. Mullins. Because of her father’s oil-well drilling job, Pat spent her early childhood in extensive travel.
At the age of 10, the family settled in the Los Angeles area where Pat graduated from Pomona High School. She went on to attend Occidental College and U.C.L.A.
Pat met the love of her life, Jim McCloy, at Pomona High School. They were married on August 8, 1964 in Pomona and shortly afterwards began their life-long journey of 44 years until Jim’s death in 2008.
Pat and Jim’s early married-life began at L.S.U. in Baton Rouge where Jim was a graduate student, earning his PhD in June of 1968. His first teaching position was with the University of Montana. In 1971, Jim accepted a position with Texas A & M University @ College Station as a visiting professor. In 1972, both Pat and Jim discovered the Texas A & M Campus @ Galveston and the wonderful community that would become their home for 40 plus years!
Pat had a tremendous love of cats and dogs but particularly German Shepherds, which stemmed from her Aunt Gen’s German Shepherd “Jon”. Pat and Jim owned three wonderful German Shepherds during the course of their married life – Mutt, Dandy and Bridget.
Our community was greatly enriched with Pat and Jim’s presence. Pat served on the Board of The Ronald McDonald House along with being a volunteer. She also served on the Sunshine Supportive Employment Board, The Grand 1894 Opera House Board and the Galveston Island Humane Society Board. She will be remembered for her complete and genuine loyalty to her many friends.
Pat was a tremendous force in Clean Galveston, serving that organization for over 20 years. In May of 2013, Clean Galveston dedicated the Jim and Pat McCloy Dog Park, located at Menard Park.
Both Pat and Jim had a great interest in children, education and water safety. Jim was instrumental in the formation of Science, Inc. – a program designed to improve science education in G.I.S.D. Pat sponsored a number of children in the Texas A & M Sea Camp Program. Jim was a major-force in establishing the life-guard program that Galveston enjoys to this day.
The Jim and Pat McCloy Arena was dedicated in January of 2012 at Texas A & M University at Galveston. The dedication of this arena signifies the love and respect that both Pat and Jim had for not only Texas A & M but the Galveston community and most of all the future of our youth.
Pat was pre-deceased by her parents Georgena and Leonard Mullins and her husband, Dr. Jim McCloy. She is survived by cousins, Dr. Patricia Morgan of Bartlesville, Oklahoma, Carol Sanders Mcilroy and husband Gary of Costa Mesa, California and Charles Sanders and wife Sandy of Destin, Florida, along with their families and many, many life-long friends.
A celebration of Pat’s life will be held at Malloy & Son Funeral Home, Friday, March 13th at 1:00 p.m. Following the Memorial Service, there will be a Distribution of Ashes at Stewart Beach. Please join us at Pat and Jim’s favorite place. Anyone wishing to join the Distribution of Ashes come prepared to get wet.
Special thanks to Lisa Ragland of Compassion Caregivers and her wonderful staff. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Pat’s honor to The Ronald McDonald House, Galveston Island Humane Society, Sunshine Supportive Employment or Clean Galveston.