Patrick Naumes passed away October 4, 2011, from cancer. Patrick was born to Robert (Nooks) Naumes and Jarvie Thompson Naumes, on July 12, 1947. During his junior year in high school, Patrick was injured in an automobile accident. For the rest of his life, he was a paraplegic, confined to a wheel chair. That did not stop Patrick from graduating from St. Mary's High School, Southern Oregon University, and the University of California at Santa Barbara with a Masters Degree in Early Modern European History and Russian History. Later, Patrick received two fellowships from the Endowment for Humanities to study Vergil in the Augustine Context and Cicero in the Crisis in the Roman Republic. Patrick was determined and met his goal to be totally independent, mobile and self sufficient.
After graduating from U.C. Santa Barbara, Patrick returned to Medford and became a teacher at St. Mary's School. What began as a part-time job became full time and lasted 40 years. He retired June of this year. While at St Mary's, Patrick taught any class he was asked to teach, took students to Italy, the Vatican, represented the school on a trip to China, and became a pillar of the institution. In Rome Patrick had the honor of being introduced to Pope Paul VI, Pope John Paul II, and our current Pope, Benedict. As St. Mary's world religion teacher, Patrick wanted students to have an understanding of all world religions and yearly took students to San Francisco to visit a variety of religious services. Patrick loved being a teacher.
During his retirement party Frank Phillips, St. Mary's headmaster, announced that La Capella di Santa Maria (the new chapel to be built on the school campus) would be Dedicated to the life work of Patrick E Naumes, St. Mary's Student, Alumnus, Teacher.
Patrick and his family want to thank Sandra J. Taylor, M. D., and all the professionals and staff of Hematology Oncology Associates, his caregiver Sandy Wood, and Providence Hospice for their care and compassion.
Patrick was preceded in death by his parents; eldest brother, Peter; sister-in-law, Bobbie; and nephew, Matt. He is survived by brothers, Butch (Ellen), Sam (Sue), and Ned (Michele); ten nieces and nephews; eight grand nieces and nephews; and his Naumes and Alley cousins.
Patrick asked that memorial gifts be to the St. Mary's Community Foundation for scholarships, 816 Black Oak Dr. Medford, Or. 97504.
A funeral will be held Monday, October 10, 2011, at 1:00 p.m., at Sacred Heart Catholic Church.