"Shering" Patricia Elaine Gallagher Ph.D, LCSW, passed away October 3, 2012, at Avamere at Three Fountains Rehabilitation Center in Medford, Ore. Patricia was born January 3, 1935, in Chicago, Ill. After she graduated from high school she enrolled at Indiana University. She worked four jobs to pay her way through college and graduated in 1957. After her graduation from Indiana University she completed her education earning an M.S.W. from UC Berkeley in 1959 and completed her postgraduate studies at the Humanistic Psychology Institute.
Her professional career included Family Caseworker-Family Service Agency, San Francisco, Calif.; Social Worker American Indian Program, Inter-Tribal Friendship House in Oakland, Calif.; Clinical Social Worker University of CA Medical Center; Medical Social Worker San Francisco Dept. of Public Health; Asst. Director of Human Relations San Francisco Dept. of Public Health; Asst. Professor Social Work Education San Francisco State College; School Social Worker South San Francisco School District; Child Welfare Practitioner Sonoma County Dept. of Social Service; Senior Psychiatric Social Worker Catholic Social Services, San Rafael, Calif.; Director of Social Service Dept. at St. Luke's Hospital, San Francisco and practiced Psychotherapy at San Anselmo, Calif.; and Ashland, Ore.
She was also a National Foundation Infantile Paralysis Scholar, 1957-1959; licensed Clinical Social Worker CA and Ore.; National Association of Social Workers (Chairperson Marin County, Calif.); Chairperson Private Practice Committee,and member of the Union of Concerned Scientists Against Nuclear Energy. Patricia was also a Fulbright Scholar who in 1964 went to Denmark to study social welfare. "Shering," the Buddhist name bestowed upon her became a Buddhist which was a very inportant part of her life. She was a member Kagyu Sukha Choling Buddhist Center in Ashland, Ore. She was also listed in the publication of "Who's Who of American Women".
As one travels from this life to the next the people we have come into contact with during our lifetime is immeasurable. So many lives were touched by "Shering" and will always be kept in her heart and theirs.