Pat, while never officially part of the student workforce in SHC, was a major player in the early work of SOCM and ETRC. She primarily worked on setting up and finding resources, including funding, for the Mountain People’s Health Clinics (MPHC).
She graduated Vanderbilt in 1973 and eventually went to law school at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. She was a young litigant in a landmark case of libel, brought by a Washington, D.C. politician who Nixon had nominated to the TVA Board, but whose nomination was defeated after publication of his backstory.
Pat eventually moved back to Texas, her home state. She settled in San Antonio where she became a strong advocate for education and women’s health issues, and was deeply involved in Jewish communal life. She also established and managed an all-women commercial law practice.