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Patricia Dodd Winter Mendius Edit Profile

Editor , educator , writer

Patricia Dodd Winter Mendius was American editor, educator, writer. Certified secondary education teacher, California, New Mexico. Named Living Treasure of Los Alamos, 2005.


Mendius, Patricia Dodd Winter was born on July 9, 1924 in Davenport, Iowa, United States. Daughter of Otho Edward and Helen Rose (Dodd) Winter.


Bachelor cum laude, University of California at Los Angeles, 1946. Master of Arts cum laude, University New Mexico, 1966.


English teaching assistant, University of California at Los Angeles, 1946-1947;English teacher, Marlborough School for Girls, Los Angeles, 1947-1950;English teacher, Aztec (New Mexico) High School, 1953-1955;English teacher, Farmington (New Mexico) High School, 1955-1963;chair English department, Los Alamos (New Mexico) High School, 1963-1986;senior technical writer, editor, Los Alamos National Laboratory, since 1987. Adjunct Professor of English, U. New Mexico, Los Alamos, 1970-1972, Albuquerque, 1982-1985. English consultant S.W. Regional College Board, Austin, Texas, since 1975.

Writer, editor, consultant advanced placement English test development committee National College Board, 1982-1986, reader, 1982-1986, project equality consultant, 1985-1988. Book selection consultant Scholastic magazine, 1980-1982.


  • Certified secondary education teacher, California, New Mexico.


  • Other Work

    • Author: Preparing for the Advanced Placement English Exams, 1975. Editor Los Alamos Arts Council bulletin, 1986-1991.


Chair Los Alamos Art Public Places Board, 1987-1992. Chair advisory board trustees University New Mexico, Los Alamos, 1987-1993. President Los Alamos Concert Association, 1972-1973, 95-98, 2000-2004, president, 2003-2004.

Chair Los Alamos Mesa Public Library. Board, 1990-1994, chair endowment committee, 1995-1999. Member Society Technology Communicators, American Association of University Women (president 1961-1963, state board directors 1959-1963, Los Alamos coordinating council 1992-1993, president 1993-1994, 2002-2004, secretary 2001-2004), Daughters of the American Revolution, Order Eastern Star, Mortar Board, Phi Beta Kappa (president Los Alamos chapter 1969-1972, 99, vice president 1996-1999, president 2000-2001, director since 2002), Phi Kappa Phi, Delta Kappa Gamma, Gamma Phi Beta.


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: swimming, reading, hiking, astronomy, singing.


Married John Richard Mendius, June 19, 1947. Children: Richard, Catherine M. Graber, Louise, Karen M. Chooljian.

Otho Edward Winter

Helen Rose (Dodd) Winter

John Richard Mendius

Richard Mendius

Catherine M. Graber Mendius

Louise Mendius

Karen M. Chooljian Mendius