An Enduring Tribute

The Ithaca College community is a close one. As students, as alumni, as faculty and staff, we all share a connection with one another through our association with this amazing institution. And as much of a lasting impression as Ithaca College has on our lives, each one of us leaves an equally indelible mark on our IC community.

The faces you see below are members of our college community who have died. Here, we take a moment to reflect on their lives. We remember their generosity, their contributions, their intellect and interests. Each story describes the life of a loved one lost, offering us a chance to reconnect with a unique spirit, or make an acquaintance for the very first time.

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Patricia StevensPatricia Stevens
May 26, 2010

Patricia Stevens, wife of Jess Nadelman '68 and mother of Sara and David, was a lover of the arts. It was her soul. She saw the arts as not only as entertainment, but as a medium for reflection and transformation.

Pat began her theater career at age 4 by taking dancing classes. She started auditioning in New York City as a dancer while in high school. Pat’s first professional job was as a June Taylor Dancer, touring county fairs in the United States and Canada

During Pat’s long career as a performing artist, she was a singer and dancer on Broadway in Hello Dolly and was in a national tour of Company. She had a reoccurring role on M*A*S*H and, for six years, was the voice of Velma in Scooby Doo. Pat believed in change, and as her career progressed she decided to find opportunities to use her comedic talents. She did so by returning to regional theater and by appearing in numerous network situation comedies and eventually taught acting and directed plays.

Pat used to say “everything is a song.” She instilled in her family a love and deep appreciation for theater and the craft of acting. It is one of the gifts she gave to them, and it is a gift that is now being shared with Ithaca College students through the Patricia Stevens Musical Theatre Scholarship, an award for musical theater students created by her family to honor her memory.


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