PATRICIA CLAIRE STOCKTON LEDDY
May 20, 1929 – May 17, 2022
A dancer, artist, writer and publisher, Patricia was born into a pioneering Bakersfield family. She graduated from Bakersfield High School and Mills College where she studied dance with Martha Graham and with whom she furthered her studies at Connecticut College and in New York City. Upon graduation, she performed with the Halprin-Lathrop Studio Theater in San Francisco. In Bakersfield, she taught dance at both the high school and college levels, including at Cal State University where she contributed to the original dance curriculum. She was an active member of the Bakersfield Community Theater and the Bakersfield Art Association.
With further degrees in film-making from Brooks Institute and in Creative Studies from UC Santa Barbara, she returned to Mills College for an additional MFA in Creative Writing, and became the founder, editor and publisher of the Santa Barbara Review.
In later years, she wrote and painted daily and enjoyed her garden that has been cultivated by seven generations of her family. She was recently celebrated in The New Yorker Magazine for having commissioned and built her Bakersfield home designed by famed modernist architect Richard Neutra. She often entertained guests with stories of her experiences with Neutra and Graham and of her richly diverse life in art. Living in her home at the time of her death, she spent her last days visited by family and friends.
Patricia was predeceased by her husband former Kern County District Attorney Albert M. Leddy and by her parents Dr. Christopher B. Stockton and Stephanie A. Stockton.
She is survived by her devoted partner James T. Aeby, her brother Christopher A. Stockton (Bette Kane), daughter Claire Stockton Leddy Hackett (Michael), son Richard Albert Leddy, grandchildren Katharine Patricia Hackett Katz (Peter), Stephanie Margaret Agnes Hackett , and great-grandson Samuel Michael Katz.
Services will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family welcomes donations to the American Dance Festival, Box 90772, Durham, NC 27708 (americandancefestival.org)
Published by Bakersfield Californian on May 30, 2022.