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In memory of Patricia Lawson

It is with great sadness that we acknowledge the passing of Patricia Lawson (BA’50, Bed’53), former faculty member, coach and student-athlete here at the University of Saskatchewan.

As a student-athlete, she represented the university on 13 teams over four years including basketball, swimming, tennis, and track and field.

After her time as a student-athlete, she continued to pursue athletics, becoming a member of the Canadian women’s basketball team at the 1959 Pan American Games, a seven-time member of the Saskatchewan amateur golf team, and claimed Canadian titles in basketball, speed skating and golf.

Pat joined the Physical Education faculty at the University of Saskatchewan in 1956 where she was a teacher, coach, administrator and was appointed Women's Athletic Director, a position she held until 1967. She continued on faculty until retirement in 1990. Pat also coached the Huskiette basketball team from 1956-1964 and again in 1967-68.

She was a founding member of the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women in Sport which aspires to enhance the presence of girls and women at all levels and in all areas of sport – as athletes, participants, leaders, officials, coaches and trainers.

Pat earned inductions into the University of Saskatchewan Athletic Wall of Fame, the Saskatoon Sports Hall of Fame and the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame, and most recently, the Canadian Basketball Hall of Fame.

The Patricia Lawson Trophy is awarded to the female rookie of the year in Huskie Athletics.

Pat will be greatly missed by the college, Huskie Athletics, and the University of Saskatchewan.

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