I am sorry to share the sad news that long time Teratology Society member Patricia Mary Bittner passed away on April 23, 2018 at age 63 in Herndon, VA. She was predeceased by her parents, Robert & Eleanor Bittner and survived by her loving children, Sascha (Michael) Lawson, Grace (Christopher) Denyer & Andrew Shufelt; grandchildren, Olivia, Kailee, Noah, Ella & Millie; brothers, Bob & Chris Bittner.
While pursuing her Master’s degree in Environmental Toxicology within the Departments of Toxicology and Obstetrics/Gynecology at the University of Rochester, Patte developed her career goals of working to reduce toxic exposures especially related to developmental toxicology. Her thesis was on ethoxyethanol and development. Upon completion of her Master’s degree, Patte took her education and passion to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) in Washington, DC. There Patte was instrumental in resolving the arsenic in outdoor playground equipment issues, and she rose in responsibilities to be one of the key persons responsible for Chinese products, particularly toys and items children use.
Patte joined the Teratology Society in 1998 and was an active contributor, serving on numerous committees and chairing the Public Affairs Committee from 2007 to 2010. She regularly participated in Teratology Society Annual Meetings.
Patte enjoyed sailing, reading, researching, cycling, gardening, traveling, being with her grandchildren and was an animal lover. Injuries from a boating accident resulted in her early retirement from the CPSC.