Case Western Reserve University recently honored Patricia Kilpatrick ((FSM'49, GRS'51) with a special painting. The portrait, which will be on display in Adelbert Hall, is in honor of her longstanding and ongoing dedication to the university.
Kilpatrick, who retired in 1992, was the university's first female vice president. Her career spanned three decades, and included time as a faculty member and as the University Marshal. Learn more about the role Kilpatrick has played in the university's history.
During the portrait unveiling ceremony, held during Alumni Weekend 2009, the campus community learned more about why Kilpatrick is such a special member of the university family. Case Western Reserve President Barbara R. Snyder said when she first arrived on campus in 2007, she was told Kilpatrick was someone she just had to meet. "They told me she was a beloved mentor to students, an exceptional administrator, and a person whose name was practically synonymous with what was best about Case Western Reserve.
Think about all of those times when you have seen Pat--at an athletic event, or a meeting, or a speech. Can't you just feel the smile starting to form on your face? It's almost like an automatic reaction. Call it 'the positive power of Pat.'"
"I've had plenty of time to think about the place of this university in the grand scheme of higher education. It has always been good. Now it is great. I want to thank all of you for coming to share in what I call a super family reunion," Kilpatrick said at the unveiling ceremony.
Robert Raack, a Cleveland Heights, Ohio, based artist, created Kilpatrick's oil painting. It is 30" X 36", and was painted between May and August of 2009. Raack was already familiar with the people and buildings at Case Western Reserve. He has painted more than 15 pieces depicting the grounds, buildings and people of the university.
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