Born 24th April 1937 in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England, Pat Shipley studied Theology and Philosophy at Southampton University and after graduating worked in a range of jobs. These included a role in youth leadership with The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme for teenage girls from what were then called Approved Schools and Remand Homes.
From there she moved into industrial management where she encountered all the problems of equal pay and sex discrimination.
Pat then took a part-time mature students’ programme in organisational and occupational psychology at Birkbeck College, University of London and became a Doctoral Research scholar there. She then joined the Faculty and this is where she met Paul Branton, Birkbeck College Honorary Research Fellow, a Trustee of SFCP and husband of Rene Saran.
Pat became Emeritus Reader at Birkbeck College and also a Trustee of SFCP. Later she was appointed as one of its two Honorary Fellows, joining Professor Fernando Leal from the University of Guadalajara, Mexico.
Pat published widely including editing SFCP’s ‘Proceedings of the Eynsham Conference’ and ‘Occasional Papers’ and facilitated the publications of others, including an account of the Siege of Sarajevo in translation
She was involved with voluntary work with two other UK charities with a particular interest in environmental medicine and was active in her local community.
Pat Shipley died on July 3rd 2021 in Ipswich, Suffolk, England.
Patricia Shipley: scholar, author, psychologist, philosopher, pilot, singer, colleague and friend.