In Loving Memory of Our Friend & Founder: Patricia Karamanos
Pat Karamanos passed on October 28, 2014 after a long battle with failing health. Pat was instrumental in the founding of Bridges Middle School (then Gately Academy) in 1998. Recognizing the ongoing needs of under-served middle school children with learning differences, Pat envisioned a school that would provide these students with the academic and social support needed to reach their dreams.
Many years later, Bridges Middle School continues Pat’s commitment to students with learning differences — ensuring we deliver on our promise of equitable access and opportunity. Bridges provides a highly creative and focused school setting for students who benefit from small class sizes and individualized instruction. Bridges’ students experience academic success and personal growth. They learn to navigate school — and life — with confidence and competence. Students leave Bridges with self-awareness and the tools to accomplish their goals despite their learning differences.
Like Pat, we know that each student has unique strengths, hopes, dreams and challenges, so it is our responsibility to determine — and deliver — what each student needs to be successful.
A dedicated advocate for students with learning differences, Pat worked tirelessly to promote and support this one-of-a-kind school up to the very end of her life. Just before she passed, Pat worked with Bridges to create a memorial-giving page to include in her obituary along with a request to designate gifts to Bridges Middle School in lieu of flowers.
About Pat Karamanos
Pat was born and raised in Montclair, NJ. She put her psychology degree to good use by working with emotionally abused children in a residential treatment center. A move to San Francisco lead her to another career path and she entered a retail management training program. Five years later, Meier & Frank recruited her to the Pacific Northwest. She retired in 1987 as a senior vice president and focused her energy toward volunteer activities involving education, special needs children and health care.
In the area of education, Pat was instrumental in the founding of Bridges Middle School, served on the board of Oregon Episcopal School, Thomas Edison High School and Saturday Academy. Her passion for children continued with working on a board for abused children and being one of the founders of a support group for families living with Tourette Syndrome. Pat was honored to be the recipient of the White Rose Award presented by the March of Dimes in 2000.
Pat is survived by two sons—John lives outside of San Luis Obispo and Ben lives in Portland. Pat enjoyed her free time playing bridge, reading, attending lectures, movies and spending time with friends and family. She visited New York City on a regular basis to enjoy the theater, outdoor concerts, museums and the diversification of the people on the streets.
We will all miss Pat greatly and we pledge to keep her memory alive through the students of Bridges Middle School.
Please consider honoring Pat’s memory with a gift to Bridges Middle School.
Your gift will change the course of a student's life.
Or mail to: Bridges Middle School | 716 NE Marine Drive | Portland, OR 97211