Name: Patricia Vervoort nee. Mulcahy
Date of birth: March 26, 1942 Boston Massachusetts
Date of death: May 8, 2013
Accomplishments related to: Education, community development,
Major affiliations: Lakehead University; Local Architectural Conservation Advisory Committee
Contributions: Earning a scholarship to St. Mary's College in Indiana, Patricia graduated with a Bachelors Degree in English and Art History (1963), and went on to the University of Iowa where she earned her Masters in Art History, along with her Teacher's Certificate (1966), and a Masters in Library Science (1970).
In 1970 she moved to Thunder Bay with her husband Gerardus (Gerry) Vervoort whom she married on December 23, 1965. They had two daughters Marike and Amy.
She was instrumental in helping to create Lakehead University's Department of Visual Arts, serving as Chair of the Department from 1990 to 1996. In developing and teaching most of the compulsory art history courses, her central project was not only to ensure that students graduating from the program were aware of the history of art, but also became as good writers as they were artists. She contributed to her discipline through presenting research papers at conferences in Europe and North America, editing and contributing chapters to books, and publishing her research in academic journals. Through her many years of work with LACAC (Local Architectural Conservation Advisory Committee), Patricia joined her academic knowledge with her passion for the preservation of landmark buildings.
In 1995 she received the Allied Arts Award from the Ontario Association of Architects, presented to a person whose vocation has enhanced the profession of architecture. Patricia was an avid traveler, adventurous and curious. She explored the world through art and architecture.