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Patricia Tanis Sydney

Obituary for Patricia Tanis Sydney

April 12, 1945 - July 31, 2020
| Age 75


Patricia Tanis Sydney, beloved wife and mother, passed away 'peacefully on July 31, 2020, at her home in 
Newtown, Pennsylvania.
Pat was born on April 12, 1945, in Branchville, NJ, to John and Wilma (Hagan) Tanis. She graduated in 
1967 from Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts with a Bachelor of Arts in Art History. She went on 
to receive her Master's in Art History in 1969 from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. Pat 
earned a Doctorate in Art History from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia in 1979.
In her youth, Pat was an avid equestrian, competing in many horse shows throughout the Sussex 
County, NJ, area. A lifelong learner, she had a passion for art, devoting her studies to art history, as well 
as producing her own works of art. Pat loved to spend time in her pottery studio in Newtown, creating 
ceramic pieces. Called to share her passion for art with others, she held teaching positions at Mount Ida 
Junior College in Massachusetts. and at Bucks County Community College and Philadelphia Community 
College in Pennsylvania. Additionally, she worked as a curator for the James A. Michener Art Museum in 
Doylestown, Pennsylvania. In 1998, she co-authored the book, "The Philadelphia Ten: A Women's Artist 
Group, 1917-1945." In her free time, she loved to play tennis, travel with her family, and attend classical 
music concerts, serving on the board of the Youth Orchestra of Bucks County.
Beyond her academic and professional accomplishments, anyone who knew Pat will attest that her 
greatest joy and role in life was that of a loving wife and mother. She married A. David Sydney on July 4, 
1969, and they raised three daughters, Sarah, Johanna, and Eliza, in Newtown. Pat found great joy in 
motherhood, never missing a piano recital, sporting event, school play, or family trip to the museum, 
where she delighted in sharing her love of art with her daughters. Pat spent her final years at her home 
in Newtown, where she was cared for by her daughter, Johanna, and had the opportunity to enjoy her 
Pat was preceded in death by her parents, John and Wilma Tanis. She is survived by her husband, A. 
David Sydney, their three daughters, Sarah, Johanna, and Eliza, her grandchildren Lydia and Miles Brown 
and Thomas, Samuel, and Sadie Gattis, as well as her brothers John and Steven Tanis and her sister 
Kathleen Tanis.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you please consider donating to the Youth Orchestra of Bucks 
County or the American Stroke Association. Services provided by Swartz-Givnish Life Celebration Home, 323 E. Washington Ave., Newtown, PA 18940.

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