Judson Park resident stays connected with Case Western Reserve University

Moving to Judson Park was like coming home for Pat Kilpatrick (pictured above with W.A. “Bud” Baeslack III, provost and executive vice president at Case Western Reserve University and Judson board member).

For 30 years Pat served as a faculty member and administrator at Case Western Reserve University, and holds the distinction of becoming its first female vice president in 1987.  “Don’t knock it,” quips feisty, fun-loving Pat.  Current University President Barbara R. Snyder recently commissioned a portrait in Pat’s honor, which hangs in Adelbert Hall.

Her roles at the University were so varied and diverse that when she retired in 1992 they were absorbed by different departments.  Among other duties, she served as Faculty Senate secretary, managed commencement, oversaw Squire Valleevue Farm, and supervised University Archives.

Pat enjoyed working with and mentoring students.  She remembers being on the street with student protestors on campus during the turbulent 1960s and early ’70s.  “I thought they had a good cause,” says Pat. “We kept the University open. We just made sure they didn’t break any laws or destroy anything.”

Pat remains as active as ever with the University, meeting regularly with President Snyder and other officials.  She also led a campaign that raised $2 million for the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women. She admits that living at Judson Park is just like living on campus.

“I really wanted to get back to the Circle,” says Pat, who had lived in Hudson for 40 years.  “There was no question where I wanted to go-Judson is nationally recognized.  There are few retirement communities as good as this.  There is something here for everyone.  If you can’t find something to do you’re not looking very hard!”

“Once I decided to move everything happened so quickly,” says Pat.  “I was impressed with how seamless it all was-Judson made it all happen.”

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