About Patricia


Patricia Burgess tries to lead a purposeful life, passionate about family, running, reading, writing, and spending time in nature. Her musings and writings stem from those passions. After practicing law for over forty years, she now devotes time, treasure, and (hopefully) talent to several non-profit organizations primarily focused on women, children, and health, in Western North Carolina.

Patricia is the author of two books, “Smart Jocks, Long Talks and Pink Socks, the Life of Coach Robert Burgess,” a biography of her father, who was a beloved basketball and tennis coach, mentor, friend and colleague at Whitman College in southeastern Washington.  “First Friends: Love, Loss and Life in Humboldt County,” is a short memoir about her time in Northern California, where she embraced running, developed deep friendships, navigated the waters of becoming an attorney, endured the hardship of marital strife, and eventually found her internal strength to thrive as a single parent.  One of her letters is included in the collection, “A Letter to my Mom,” created by Lisa Erspamer, part of the “A Letter to my…” series. She has contributed guest writings to other websites and blogs, including Salty Running, Trail Sisters, and 261 Fearless.

She lives with her husband in North Carolina and tries to spend as much time as possible with her children and two grandchildren.


You can reach Patricia at patricia [dot] burgess [at] yahoo [dot] com.