Pat Modell passes away

Patricia Modell, wife of former Ravens and Cleveland Browns owner Art Modell, passed away today. She was 80.

Pat had been battling an illness for some time now, and her passing is not unexpected. The Ravens announced that Pat was "fighting for her life" following their Week 4 win over the Jets. The team gave Pat a game ball after that victory.

Art-and-Pat-Modell.jpgAn accomplished actress, Pat performed on the New York stage, motion pictures and television during her 22-year acting career. She was cast in more than 400 motion pictures and TV shows, and might be most widely known for her role as Meg Baldwin in the daytime series "General Hospital".

At one point, the then-Patricia Breslin had appeared in more TV shows than any other woman in U.S. history. Her record was eventually broken by the late Lucille Ball, with whom Pat was very close.

After her marriage to Art Modell in 1969, Pat retired from acting and immersed herself in her family and a number of community organizations, in Cleveland and then in Baltimore.

Here in Charm City, Pat served on several boards, including House of Ruth, Gilchrist Hospice, Kennedy Krieger Institute, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and The Walters Art Museum. She was also a major contributor to the St. Vincent's Center, the Baltimore Museum of Art and the Lyric Opera House.

Pat was also known for her vast contributions to Maryland children. The Modells pledged $5 million to help start a public boarding school for disadvantaged students, called the SEED School.

In 2009, the Association of Fundraising Professionals Maryland Chapter named Pat and Art Modell as the Outstanding Philanthropists of the Year.

Patricia Modell is survived by Art, their two sons, John and David, and six grandchildren.

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