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In Memoriam

Dr. Patrick Reames


October 23, 1933 - October 1, 2023

Charlotte, North Carolina - Dr. Patrick Martin Reames passed away October. 1, 2023, three weeks shy of his 90th birthday. He was born in Dallas, Texas to the late Philip Bartholemew and Grace Agnes Reames. One of four children, Patrick is survived by his brother Timothy. Patrick Reames is also survived by his wife, Patsy, and his children, Valleri and Debra.

Patrick received his medical education in Texas from Southwestern Medical School and Baylor University. John Hopkins University provided training in a Radiology Residency, and he served the National Institutes of Health as assistant chief of diagnostic radiology for his military service during the Korean War.

As a radiologist, Dr. Reames helped to diagnose and maintain the health of thousands of patients, including celebrities like actors John Wayne and Shirley MacLaine while at Scripps Clinic in La Jolla, California. Patrick moved to Charlotte in 1966 to join Mecklenburg Radiology Associates to run their Nuclear Medicine department. He stayed with MRA until his retirement in 1997, a span of more than 30 years.


Patrick Reames was a brilliant, remarkable person with a quick sense of humor, an inquisitive mind, and a strong sense of fairness. He loved his family and enjoyed sharing with them his explorer's spirit and an unending appreciation of natural wonders and beauty.

Pat's interests were widespread. He enjoyed working on and collecting classic cars; later in life he built intricate model railroad dioramas. He helped design the two homes he had built to his specifications (one in Charlotte and one on Fripp Island) and enjoyed the use of them greatly. He stayed physically active with tennis, sailing, biking, walking on the beach at Fripp, hiking, and backpacking.

During his later years, he focused on refining the home in Charlotte that he built in 1967. With four acres of woods, he never stopped transforming the grounds into a showcase for his home with a focus on azaleas, camellias, and rhododendrons. With the inspiration of talented designers and landscapers, Pat and his wife Patsy turned the grounds into Serenity Garden, a showcase for entertaining and meditation, which brought Pat pleasure until the very end.


Published by Charlotte Observer from Oct. 7 to Oct. 8, 2023.


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Nestled in the heart of Mountainbrook off Carmel Road in Charlotte, North Carolina, Serenity Garden stands as a testament to the harmonious blend of nature and artistry. This woodland haven boasts a curated collection of plants, trees, and sculptures, each meticulously chosen and placed to complement the natural beauty of the landscape.

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