Patrick Wayne Brennen
Rockport, TX - Patrick Wayne Brennen, 81, of Rockport, Texas, passed away 12 April 2021 at a Corpus Christi hospital of congestive heart failure.
Patrick ("Wayne" to his family) was born 24 January 1940 in Regina, Saskatchewan, the son of Thomas Edward Brennen and Alma McKay Brennen. His mother taught in a series of rural one-room schools in Saskatchewan, resulting in Patrick attending seven different schools for his first eight grades.
In 1952 the family immigrated to the U.S. and settled in Great Falls, Montana, where Patrick graduated from Central Catholic High School in 1958. From there he went on to earn a Bachelor's degree in biology from the College of Great Falls, followed by graduate study at the University of Tennessee. Following in his mother's footsteps, Patrick taught science in high schools in Newfoundland, Québec, and Maryland from 1962 to 1970. In 1971 he earned a Master's degree in Library Sciences at the University of Illinois and subsequently served as Director of Libraries in Delaware, South Dakota, Wisconsin and Massachusetts. Patrick retired in 2005 while Library Director at the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation in Ardmore, Oklahoma. Throughout his career he authored multiple peer-reviewed articles and received many awards of distinguished service. After he retired, he moved to Rockport, Texas where he lived out his final years.
As a child, Patrick's family moved around a lot and this subsequently sparked a heavy interest in world travel. He did library consulting work in diverse countries that included Kuwait, Vietnam, and Zimbabwe and traveled all over the world, often times with his mother. His multiple trips to Turkey were his most memorable for it was there that he met the Iyigel family. Patrick sponsored the eldest son Harun's immigration to the US to further his higher education and give him a chance at a better life. To this day, he considers Harun a son.
Patrick's global travels, combined with an affable and generous nature, earned him a wide circle of friends with whom he enjoyed communicating by way of sending out mass circulation emails which were never short on detail. Many of you in this town were likely the recipient of these emails and his endless musing on curious topics. He enjoyed hosting lavish social events that included dinners and "shrimp boils" with no shortage of wine and laughter.
What people will remember most is Patrick's genuinely big heart. He never showed up at anyone's home empty handed. Notably, he was a mentor and a friend to students from all over the world. He often gave them jobs and opened up his home when they needed a place to stay. He made a huge impact to their lives. For this, many people are eternally grateful and love him dearly.
Patrick was predeceased by his parents and his older brother, Gerald. He is survived by his younger brother, Lyle; his sister-in-law, Barbara Brennen; a niece and nephew, Robin Brennen and Jayson (Judy) Brennen; a grandniece and grandnephew, Jayla and Tyler Brennen; 19 first cousins and his foster son, Harun, his wife Nurgulsum and their two sons Efe and Erim.
Following cremation, he will be buried with his brother, Gerald, in Nashua, New Hampshire.
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Posted online on May 14, 2021