Remembering Leaders
in the Field of Blindness and Visual Impairment

Patricia Beattie - Advocate for the Blind

The Washington Post

Friday, February 19, 2010

Patricia Beattie

Obituary for Patricia Beattie

Patricia Beattie, 73, who retired in 2006 as director of public policy and consumer relations with the National Industries for the Blind, which works to create jobs for the blind, died Feb. 2 at Inova Alexandria Hospital. She had cancer.

Mrs. Beattie, an Alexandria resident, spent 13 years at NIB. In the 1980s, she worked in the government relations office of the American Foundation for the Blind, then spent several years with the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America helping states comply with federal laws affecting the blind.

Mrs. Beattie held top offices with the American Council of the Blind and the ENDependence Center of Northern Virginia. In 2007, she was named chairwoman of the Virginia Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired's state rehabilitation council for the blind.

Patricia Dawn Mason, who had been legally blind since early adulthood, was born in Elyria, Ohio.

She received a bachelor's degree in journalism and public relations and a master's degree in library and information services, both from the University of Toledo in Ohio.

She was a member of Annandale United Methodist Church, where she volunteered as a teacher of English as a second language.

Her marriage to Norman S. Beattie ended in divorce. Survivors include a daughter, Kirsten B. Weeks of Springfield