OBITUARY

Patricia Lynn Golemon

May 28, 1944January 26, 2018

Patricia Lynn Golemon, PhD, age 73 years and 8 months, died early in the morning 26 January 2018, at her home in Houston. She is preceded in death by her parents, Robert Bruce Golemon, PhD, and Catherine Hall Blake Golemon, and by her younger sister Bobbie Claire Golemon Fancher. Our dear Pat is survived by her devoted and beloved husband, Peter D Williamson, Esq., of Houston; her brother, Thomas Bruce Golemon, MD, and his family, of Brimfield, Illinois; her daughters, Anna Catherine Garrett and Allison Lynn Garrett Skinner, both of Houston; her son Aaron Blake Spivey Williamson of Houston; her stepdaughters Heather Rose Williamson of Houston; Amber Williamson DeFord of Austin; Asia Raven Smith of Colorado Springs, Colorado; and Ginger Ivy Greenberg of Katy. Called “Ghee” or “Miss Pat” by her grandchildren, Pat is additionally survived by: Amanda Catherine Morton; Dylan Michael Horne; Nicholas Rodney Skinner; Christopher James Skinner; Zoe Rose DeFord; Elise Mackenzie DeFord; Aria Rose Williamson-Tonan; Oliver James Rose Williamson-Tonan; Gavin Michael Greenberg; and Cooper Enzo Greenberg. Ghee leaves behind great grandchildren as well: Ava Catherine Morton; Ayanna Vivian Morton; Tristan Michael Morton; Autumn Jade Garza-Samford; Summer Iris Horne; and Dylan James Horne. Pat was born 28 May 1944 in Nacogdoches, TX, a much-welcome first baby with a sister and brother to follow. Her Blake and Bennett ancestors were among the Old Three Hundred, the first American settlers granted land by Spain, and led to Texas by Stephen F Austin. She was very proud of this important Texas heritage, and mentioned it often. As a teenager, Pat moved with her family to west Texas, and she graduated from Cisco High School in 1962. She attended Cisco Junior College, where her father chaired the music department and led the band. Her mother was also a lifelong educator. Pat came to Houston in the mid 1960s as a new wife. After her two daughters were born and no longer toddlers, she returned to college. She finished her education at the University of Houston, with a BA summa cum laude, 1974, and an MA in English literature in 1975. After more than 20 years in the business world, where she achieved much, she returned to the University of Houston and completed her PhD in English in 1999. Her professional career was successful and varied. A major in English gave Pat the skills to operate in a variety of industries; her formidable intelligence ensured that she progressed through positions of increasing responsibility, encompassing medical editing, technical and legal writing, marketing, public relations, and corporate communications. Upon returning to academics as assistant professor of English at University of Houston’s downtown campus, Pat used her impressive background in managing people and projects as she taught students about communications in “the real world.” In 2005, at age 61, Pat was further recognized for her expertise with a Fulbright scholarship and a position teaching American literature at Providence University in Taiwan. Throughout her life, Pat loved books, reading, talking about books, teaching students about literature and writing. She was a founding member of a very exclusive book club, The Harpies, a small group of women graduate students, who first gathered in 1977. The Harpies have met almost monthly since, with some additions and subtractions. This brilliant, thoughtful, well-read group was an essential part of Pat’s life, and vice versa. The Harpies also grieve her loss deeply; her kind will not pass this way again. Her family and her very large circle of friends will remember Pat for her beauty, generosity of spirit, humor, strength, competence, and fierce love of her family and friends; for her ability to throw an elegant dinner party; for her problem-solving skills; for her profanity and her spirituality; for her love of classical music, opera, and anything performed by anyone she loved; and for generally being the smartest person in the goddamn room. A Memorial Service will be held on Tuesday, January 30, 2018 at 10:00 AM at St. Andrews Episcopal Church, 1819 Heights Blvd, Houston, Texas 77008. *This obituary was written and approved by members of POEM, the Professional Organization of English Majors, over which Pat would have ruled had there been an election.

Services

  • Memorial Service Tuesday, January 30, 2018
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Teresa Hui-ting Hsu

February 4, 2018

Please accept my sincere condolences.
I had great time with Dr Goleman when she was a Fulbright Scholar in Providence University, Taiwan. I will never forget the kindness of her!

Anna Chen

February 4, 2018

Pat was an angel. All her friends at Providence University, Taiwan will miss her very much. Condolences to Peter, Aaron and the rest of her family.

February 4, 2018

Pat was an angel. All her friends at Providence University, Taiwan will miss her very much. Condolences to Peter, Aaron and the rest of her family.

Anna Chen, Providence University, Taichung, Taiwan

Patricia Haseltine

February 3, 2018

Condolences to family and friends with fond memories of Dr Goleman's teaching and sharing of experiences with us while on a Fulbright exchange in Taiwan.

February 2, 2018

Peter,
I am so sorry for your loss! Pat was an amazing lady and I had an amazing time with Pat and Tmac when they would come to Europe for a visit. I had no idea there was a problem, Tmac never said a word, my prayers are with you and your family at this time. I would love to send you a very large bottle of Champaign, to celebrate an Amazing lady who touched many many hearts and I was lucky enough to spend a bit of time with over the years. The last time she and Tmac stopped by to visit, we ended up laughing until we cried, unfortunately I do not remember what the heck we were talking about, just the fun we had! How about when you have a chance to get away, why not come to Switzerland, we can sit on top of an ALP and watch the clouds pass through a brilliant blue sky and talk to Pat about whazzz happening up there! Lots of Love Darlene Hart (Switzerland)

Loi Zech

February 1, 2018

Anna & Allison - I'm so sorry for your loss. Just wanted you to know you're in my thoughts... I am sending prayers to you and the rest of her family and friends.

Linda Rose

January 31, 2018

What a great obituary! It was nice to laugh out loud at the end. That must be what Pat was about.... I didn't know Pat well, though I was fortunate enough to have met her briefly a few times times, but I feel like I got to know her better by reading this. I'm a close friend of Peter and I send love and thoughts of peace to Peter, Aaron, and the rest of the family and all her friends, including that special group known as the Harpies.

Claude & Marlene Middleton

January 30, 2018

Ally......you are in our prayers and thoughts today....we are so sorry for your loss and as the days pass we hope you will find comfort in them....you know you are and always will be a special part of our family and the Image2c family...we love you.....Marlene & Claude

Ann Taylor

January 30, 2018

This world lost a great lady. Anyone lucky enough to be one of her students or a young professional she mentored, had an advocate who believed in their highest potential and worked to help them achieve it. She will be remembered for many things by family and friends who knew her better, but I was moved by her love of learning and for her students.

Jeremy Solomons

January 29, 2018

Miss Pat was such a sweet, dear, funny friend and gracious host, always worried about whether you had a full glass of wine or not. We used to laugh a lot. And after a few tears now, we will all laugh again at the happy memories of her rye jokes and sometimes her caustic brickbats. You would never want to be her enemy. It was a deep privilege to know her and she will be greatly missed by everyone.