HORSEHEADS, N.Y. - Patrick James Scanlon, 71, of Horseheads, formerly of Iron Mountain, passed away Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014, following a long struggle with several health issues. By his side as he passed was Janice Glidden Scanlon, his wife of 49 years.
Born on the Jan. 15, 1943, in Stambaugh, Pat was the eldest child of the late Virgil R. and Marsell Skinner Scanlon.
Pat was pre-deceased by his brother and sister-in-law, Michael and Renee Scanlon.
Aside from Janice, he is survived by his children, Sean (Renee) Scanlon of Rochester, N.Y., Joshua Scanlon of East Syracuse, N.Y., Meghan Scanlon and beloved grandchildren Ireland, Aela, and Finnian of Horseheads.
He is also survived by his sister, Debi (Ed) Gufford of Florida; brother, Richard (Bonnie) Scanlon of Wisconsin; nieces, Sunda (Marty) Adams and Kerry Scanlon of Florida; sisters-in-law, Bonnie (Robert) Buchanan of Florida and Marcia (Thomas) Parker of Wisconsin; and brother-in-law, Moses (Dinah) Glidden of Arizona; in addition to an extended family of nieces, nephews, cousins, and many friends.
Pat, a 1961 graduate and all-star halfback for Iron Mountain High School, enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and proudly served his country in California and abroad in Okinawa until his honorable discharge in 1964. Upon his return to the U.S., he married his high school sweetheart Janice Glidden in 1965.
As a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh (1970: B.S. in Audiology: B.A. in Radio/TV/Film) and Ohio University (1971; M.A. in Audiology), he began his professional career as an audiologist at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Speech & Hearing Clinic in 1971. In 1974, Pat accepted a position at Elmira College and moved his family to Elmira (and eventually, Horseheads), where he served as associate professor of audiology and director of the Speech & Hearing Clinic until 2005. He was twice the recipient of the Catherine McGraw Rock Award (1989 and 2002) for service to the college and excellence in teaching.
During his tenure at EC, he created community outreach programs that allowed the college's audiology students to screen the hearing of area preschool children as well as visit local industrial sites to perform OSHA sound-level tests. He also spent several summers between the years,1978-82, at Camp Badger in Spencer Van-Etten (N.Y.) where he provided services to hearing-impaired children in a residential camp setting.
Additionally in 1983, Pat created and taught a unique course at EC to honor his brother Michael's service in Vietnam. This Vietnam War History class was dedicated to the combat soldiers who served there, and provided a platform for local veterans to discuss (often for the first time) their experiences as Vietnam vets. He never accepted credit or accolades for this course, claiming he merely "provided the space and opportunity" for "his" vets to teach. The course was one of the most popular and successful classes each year and remained part of the curriculum for more than 20 years.
Pat was honored with a lifetime membership of the Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 803 (Elmira, N.Y.) where he proudly served as recording secretary. This local chapter's library was dedicated in 2009 and bears his name.
For Pat, family always came first, followed by his loyalty to the Marine Corps and the Green Bay Packers, of which he was a proud shareholder and lifelong fan. Pat was an outspoken advocate for veterans everywhere, and a dedicated audiologist and educator. He will be remembered for his incredible humor and wit, his belly-laugh, and his unending respect for others. He was a trivia expert, displaying an uncanny ability to remember the most minute details of pop-culture. He was also a master story-teller and prankster, an excellent cook, and a shark at card games. He enjoyed life and loved sharing his passions with his friends and family. Pat was above all a devoted husband, father and grandfather whose love and compassion extended to the many unique cats and dogs that shared his life.
The world is now duller absent his smile and laughter. We are grateful for the time we shared together and are fortunate to have known him in life. He is eternally loved and missed.
Per Pat's wishes, there will be no calling hours or service. Those wishing to remember him may do so by making a donation to the following: Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 803, 1200 Davis St., Elmira, N.Y. 14901, (607)-737-2760.
A celebration of Pat's life will take place in the near future with the date to be announced.