Jun 15

Pat Lamb Memorial Service

A celebration of Pat Lamb's life, followed by a reception in the Chapel narthex.

Friday, June 15th, 2018
10:00 – 11:30 am / Skinner Memorial Chapel

A celebration of Pat Lamb's life will be held at the Carleton Chapel during Reunion on Friday, June 15th at 10am. Pat Lamb, age 83, died on January 28th of cancer. Pat came to Carleton in 1962 as a physical education instructor and retired in 1994 as Professor Emerita of Physical Education, Athletics, and Recreation. As Carleton's first director of women's athletics (1970-1985), Pat was a pioneering champion for women's physical education and an influential leader in the early development of increased sports opportunities for women, not only at Carleton, but also at the state, regional, and national levels. She supervised the development of 12 varsity athletic programs, coaching many of them herself, especially tennis. Because of her advocacy, and that of her life partner, Ele Hansen, Carleton became an early model for providing wide-ranging physical education for women. But that advocacy wasn't always a smooth path, and occasionally required tactics like Pat threatening to begin a hunger strike on the tennis courts in the basement of Cowling. Pat's influence on the lives of all those around her was profound. She was a deeply caring person, a gifted teacher, and an inspiring role model for generations of students and colleagues. Coaching was to her a vehicle to teach values and help young women grow into themselves. She was sought out by many as a counselor, mentor, and friend. Gifts in Pat's memory may be sent to the Pat Lamb Endowed Tennis Fund through the Development Office at Carleton. Two years ago, Pat wrote that her obituary should be simple. "Perhaps you'll be able to write something like this: 'She lived fully, she tried hard, she loved with all her heart, and she died gracefully having placed herself totally in the hands of God.'"

Sponsored by Reunion 2018. Contact: Carolyn Fure-Slocum, x4003