TEMPE, Ariz. – Patricia Barrows Langlin Brazil, 96, passed away peacefully at her home on August 23, 2021.
Pat was born on August 1, 1925, to Henry Warren Hayden and Beatrice Berry Hayden. She grew up in Wilton and graduated from high school at Wilton Academy, as a Salutatorian. She attended Westbrook Junior College and eventually earned a bachelor’s degree in business education from Boston University during World War II. She later earned a master’s degree in education from the University of Maine. Pat had an illustrious career as a vocational educator and businesswoman.
After teaching high school in Maine, she and her husband, Charlie, moved to California. She chaired the business education division at Duarte High School, Duarte, Calf., later became a regional supervisor of the Bureau of Business Education, California State Department of Education, and eventually became director of Vocational Education for the State of California.
After moving to Arizona, she co-owned, director, and officer of George Brazil Plumbing and Electrical, which she helped found in Phoenix, and was actively involved with the company until her death. Pat has won numerous awards over the past 50 years, including many as a teacher, administrator, businesswoman, leader, and philanthropist. In 1971, she won the Association of California Administrators’ Leader of American Secondary Education Award, Vocational Educator of the Year (1988), and Administrator of the Year (1990). She was invited to speak before Congress on vocational education in 1982, and she was appointed as an advisory committee delegate to Taiwan on vocational education. She and George Brazil were two of the main founders of Nexstar, formerly known as Contractors 2000, a best practice trade association for plumbing, HVAC and electrical companies. The organization they founded has grown to 75 employees, with more than 800 member companies with combined revenues of more than $1 billion annually in the United States, Canada and Australia. In 2015, Pat founded the George Brazil Plumbing School at the East Valley Institute of Technology in Mesa, Arizona, to provide great vocational opportunities for new high school graduates and adults.
An avid patron of the arts, Pat was especially supportive of ASU’s Gammage Theater, on whose board she recently served and was awarded top honors for her contributions to ASU Gammage and the community.
Pat was married to Charles Langlin, who predeceased her in 1984, and later to George Brazil, who predeceased her in 2012. Her brothers Henry Hayden, Robert Hayden, Winslow Hayden; and cousin Doug Hayden died before her too.
She is survived by cousins Richard Hayden, Philip Hayden, David Hayden and Debbie Rybeck, their husbands, children and grandchildren; along with very good friends Jim Cord and Chuck Brazeal of Tempe, Ariz.; and the whole family of George Brazil Plumbing and Electricity.
On October 1, at 7:00 PM, Pat’s life will be celebrated at the ASU Gammage Auditorium, 1200 S. Forest Ave. Tempe, Ariz. 85281. Richardson Funeral Home, Tempe, Ariz. serves the Langlin family with compassion.
In lieu of flowers, make a donation to the Patricia Langlin Brazil Memorial Fund at Explore the Trades, a Nexstar 501(c)(3) charity focused on vocational education and career development in trade, http://www.explorethetrades.org/who-we-are/donate.