Born in Connecticut , Patricia Lawrence Gates married “Ink” Gates, a West Point Graduate, not long after America entered World War II. Her husband was assigned to the China-India-Burma theater, then worked on the Manhattan Project in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, where the couple resided. Through this assignment, she came to know personally many of the prime movers of America’s early nuclear program.
After the War, Pat Gates moved to Western Europe with her husband, who worked in Munich, then in Paris for SHAPE. Her radio experience began on her return to the D.C. area in the mid-fifties, with a daytime program at a small suburban Virginia station. Guests from all walks of life appeared on her shows, from Maurice Chevalier, to Bob Hope, to Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy. Her years of public service culminated with a White House assignment and an ambassadorship to Madagascar under President Ronald Reagan.