Pat Murphy O'Rourke '52
Pat Murphy O'Rourke '52 lives in Fulton, Missouri. She graduated from William Woods College, and after it became a four-year institution, returned to earn a BS degree in 1974. She continued her education at the University of Missouri.
As a student, Pat worked in the alumni and public relations offices. Pat has served WWU by sitting on the Presidential Search Committee when Dr. Jahnae Barnett was hired. Pat received the Green Owl award in 1996 and the Service Award in 2006. Pat has served on the WWU National Alumni Board of Directors for many years, and has served on the Bid and Breakfast committee, President's Concert and Lecture Series Committee, Ivy Pathway Committee, and as a docent for the WWU art department.
Pat was integral in re-convening the William Woods Callaway County Alumni Association. Pat spent her career in education, teaching at the Missouri School for the Deaf from 1969 to 1996. After her retirement, she continued to serve as the associate editor of The Missouri Record, MDS's alumni publication, on a part-time basis. Pat is the co-author of Daytrips Missouri: a Travel Guide to the Show-Me State and Daytrips Illinois: a travel guide to the Land of Lincoln.
Pat and her husband, Earl, enjoy hooking rugs as a hobby, and they have donated many of these to the University's annual alumni weekend auctions.