June 21, 1955 ~ September 15, 2015
Born in Westchester New York in 1955, to parents Anne Whelan and Geoffrey Howland Tootell.
Faith received her Master's Degree from UC Davis. Juvenile diabetes forced her to undergo dialysis in her mid-twenties. This experience made her acutely aware of the need for dialysis patients to have proper nutritional care and guidance. Faith devoted her life to advocating for her patients and for her field. She published several papers and spoke at many conferences in an effort to improve the quality of life of others. During her life, Faith experienced many medical challenges including several transplants and open heart surgery. Those who encountered Faith during these struggles were amazed by her courage, determination, and discipline.
Faith is survived by her husband of many years, Robert Gates, her father Geoff, her brother Geoffrey and his wife Catherine, and her two sisters Megan and Lizzie. Another of Faith's passions was to be the world's best aunt; her nieces, Anne, Caddy and Rosie, and her nephews Matt, William, Danny and Eric will all attest to her success in this area. She never missed an important event in any of their lives, and was a tremendous role model to them all.