Founder of Childhaven Patrick “Pat” Gogerty Passes Away

Childhaven is saddened to announce that Patrick “Pat” Gogerty, founder of Childhaven, passed away August 26, 2016, after a long battle with heart disease. He was 86.

Patrick "Pat" Gogerty

Patrick “Pat” Gogerty

Pat was a lifelong advocate for children and beloved member of our community. He was hired as the executive director of Childhaven in 1973, when it was still Seattle Day Nursery.

In 1977, he led the agency in the creation of its Therapeutic Child Care Program for children from birth through age 5. The program was revolutionary at the time, recognizing the need for therapeutic early intervention in a kid-friendly environment, addressing transportation and other barriers to care, and helping children regardless of parental participation. By 1985, under Pat’s leadership, the agency had changed its name to Childhaven and officially committed to the mission of breaking the cycle of abuse and neglect.

“Pat was the visionary who brought us all to the service of children and families who have experienced trauma in the hopes of breaking the cycle of abuse and neglect,” said Beth Larsen,  Childhaven’s chief program officer and interim co-president, who worked alongside Pat in the 1990s. “We are grateful he shared his brilliance and energy with us, and his legacy is alive and well at Childhaven today.”

Pat retired in 1998 after 25 years of service to Childhaven. The Auburn branch of Childhaven is named the Patrick L. Gogerty branch in his honor.

To read more about Pat, please visit his family’s obituary and The Seattle Times’ story on his passing. His family encourages remembrances be made to Childhaven.