Pat Isaacson - September 2014

Hi Pat, thank you for allowing me to interview you. Where did you move to Fountain Hills from?  When?

We moved to Fountain Hills from San Diego in 2004 but I grew up in the south suburbs of Chicago.


Why did you move to Fountain Hills?

We had visited here many times and had friends here. We also looked in North Scottsdale but the views in Fountain Hills can’t be beat.


Who is in your family?

I grew up as the oldest of seven children.  I have three younger brothers and three younger sisters. I was 15 when my youngest brother was born.

Now, my family consists of my husband, Tod, our oldest son, Erik and daughter-in-law, Angie, as well as our younger son, T.J. and his wife Teresa. Erik and Angie have two sons, Owen, 6 and Griffin, 4. They live in the Chicago area. T.J. and Teresa also have two sons, Kian, 7 and Declan, who is six months old. They live near San Diego.


How did you meet your husband?

I met Tod when I was living near Chicago at the apartment complex we were both living in. My car was stuck in the snow and he helped me to get it out. Shortly after, we both went on a ski trip to Colorado and we saw each other there. We continued to date when we returned to Chicago and the rest is history.


What is something that people do not know about you?

I was an operating room nurse for twenty years.


What three words best describe you?

They would be curious, trouble-maker, and funny.


What is the best advice you’ve ever been given? The worst?

People do not give me advice. Those who know me understand why I say that.


If you could go anywhere on vacation, where would you go?

I’d like to go to Brazil, to the rainforest, and to Iguassu falls in Argentina. I am interested in history so I’d also like to go to Crimea by the Black Sea. I have been to China but I’d like to go back again and go to other places in the Far East.


Was that the most interesting place you’ve traveled to?

I loved my trip to China but I also really liked traveling to Prague. It was one of the few places in Europe that didn’t get bombed in WW II.


If you could live your life over again what would you do differently?

I would major in Museum Studies. I would have liked to have been a curator. And I wouldn’t be a nurse. I hated it.


What first name would you prefer to have?

Patricia is fine.


Do you have any collections?

Yes, I collect teapots Also, things from my travels, such as dolls.  


What are the top three things on your bucket list?

Almost everything on my bucket list has to do with travel. But I would also like to take more classes that will allow me to pursue my interest in history.


How is your life different from how you imagined it as a child?

I am not living my mother and father’s life. I moved away from my family and am more independent. I also didn’t ever think I would travel to so many places in the world.


What event has caused the most profound impact in your life?

In the early 1980’s I left nursing and traveled to Germany. I realized I couldn’t speak the language and the difference in the cultures had an impact on me. So when I returned, I went back to school and majored in history and international business. Then I got an M.A. in Adult Education and almost completed a Ph.D. I didn’t finish because we moved to San Diego.


How would you like to be remembered?

I would like to be remembered as an enthusiastic, caring person.