Pat SpencerPat Spencer

Hometown: Port Washington

Member of EHSLI since 1996

I came to America in 1971, after briefly living in Canada and growing up in England.   I am a nurse who became a hospital administer; I am retired and enjoy having free time to do the things I enjoy and are important to me.

What’s your favorite movie and why?

A Laurel and Hardy movie where they have to move a piano up a steep hill; it makes me laugh every time I watch it.

If you were having your last meal on earth what would it be?  

Grilled trout almandine with new potatoes, followed by jello and ice cream.

What do you do in your spare time?

I like spending time with friends and family, laughing and playing silly games or cards. Hobbies are tennis, gardening, theater, music and the arts. I volunteer at Ethical Friends of Children where I love interacting with the children, while helping their needy parents.

What is your favorite thing to do on a weekend?  

Play tennis or go walking with a friend. However, if I have the chance to see an intriguing drama on Broadway or classical music at Carnegie Hall that really makes my heart race with pleasure.

What is your ideal vacation?

Read, read, read while spending time with friends and family, having fun and reconnecting, at a beach house I rent each year.

Who is your role model, hero, or inspiration – and why?

My mother and mother-in-law, special strong people who taught me so much, while loving me so much.

If you could do one thing over in life, what would it be (or had done that you never did):

Be fluent in another language.

What is one thing you absolutely want to do before you die?  

Learn to swim underwater and play a musical instrument.

Why are you a member of EHSLI?  

I enjoy associating with like minds. The weekly Sunday meetings are fascinating; hearing about what people are doing or thinking about, gets me very excited and hopeful for the future.