Patricia "Pattie" Finn

Feb. 22, 1958 - Dec. 15, 2023

Leaf - Earth Leaf - Earth Leaf - Earth Leaf - Earth

Dr. Patricia Dianne Finn (1958–2023) Research scientist, cat lover and loving friend to many, Patricia Dianne Finn, age 65, of San Leandro, California died in Berkeley, California of pancreatic cancer on Friday, December 15, 2023. She was born in San Bernardino, California in 1958 to Dorothy Finn and John Finn. Her parents were divorced shortly after her birth. She grew up in San Bernardino until the age of 16 when Dorothy remarried and the family moved to Moscow, Idaho. Pattie returned to Southern California after high school graduation to persue her education, earning a doctorate in Biological Sciences (Psychobiology) from the University of California Irvine. She took a post doc position at the University of Washington and enjoyed living in Seattle. Pattie worked at Ligand Pharmaceuticals, Metabasis Theraputics, Exelixis, and Calasia Pharmaceuticals in San Diego, California. She worked at Ardelyx and Peak Bio in the San Francisco Bay area. She also worked as an independent consultant providing in vivo biology and drug discovery. She loved doing research and published more than 15 papers in peer reviewed journals. Pattie loved her cats and they lived long happy lives with her. Mahalo, Tucker and Lola who have owned her in San Leandro will be going to live with one of Pattie’s friends. Pattie will always be remembered for humor, loyalty and integrity. Her memory will live on in the hearts of the many who loved her.  Pattie was preceded in death by both of her parents, a sister Linda Armor and a step brother, John Burlison. She is survived by sisters, Joyce Britton and Katherine Clancy, brothers Ronald Finn and John Michael Finn and step siblings Frank Burlison, Steve Burlison and Grace Wallace. Pattie requested no funeral or memorial service. She directed that her body be composted. It will be sent to an Olympic Peninsula conservation site for land restoration projects. Her family and friends are working on creating a scholarship in her name.


Leave the earth with beauty

Earth specializes in soil transformation, an environmentally-friendly alternative to burial and cremation. Over a 45-day process, we gently transform a body into nutrient-rich soil. We then send this soil to our local conservation land where it’s used for restoration projects such as reforestation and nourishing challenged ecosystems.

Learn more