Pat Jacobs

Last updated 11/27/2017

Age 70, of Pittsburgh, PA, formerly of Lake Charles, LA. Beloved wife of Richard A. Jacobs, Jr. Born on January 10, 1947, in Lafayette, IN. She was the daughter of the late Thorogood T. Broun, Jr.; loving mother of Jennifer L. Fowler and Bethany A. Wolf; sister of Thorogood T. Broun III and Robert C. Broun; grandmother of Joshua W. Fowler, Katherine T. Fowler, and Luke Fowler; also survived by many nieces and nephews. Pat Jacobs was a true Renaissance woman with interests ranging from genealogy research and bird watching, to painting, photography and jewelry making, to camping, running, and dressage horseback riding. She had several post-university graduate degrees culminating with a PhD in chemistry from University of Pittsburgh. She worked for Bayer for more than 20 years, inventing improved polymers for industrial and automotive coatings, accumulating more than a dozen patents along the way. Pat had a heart for mission work and spent many years working with immigrant children in South Hills Interfaith Movement’s after school tutoring program. She was an active member of the Hekima Place governing board overseeing the operation of a home for girls near Nairobi, Kenya. She made several trips to Africa to help with operations including a multi-month stay as Acting Director of the home while the Founding Director recovered in the US from automobile injuries suffered in Kenya. Pat was also active in Bower Hill Community Church in Mt. Lebanon, where she chaired several church committees and made several trips to Haiti to help install water purification systems. Pat loved to travel and the more adventurous the better. She accompanied Rick on trips to Mt. Kilimanjaro (to the top), Mt. Everest basecamp (on the Chinese side), the palace of the Dalai Lama in Tibet, Antarctica, Macchu Pichu, the Amazon, Patagonia, New Zealand, and many other places. She used her skills as a photographer and a journalist to publish story books for many of these adventures. She always had stories to entertain her children, grandchildren, and many friends. We will miss her bright eyes and winning smile, her energy and enthusiasm for life, and her unwavering love for her family and friends.