Patricia Kilpatrick Interview, 18 March 2014

Patricia Kilpatrick, Cleveland native, describes the changes that occurred around her city, her job, and her university. She begins by talking about living in East Cleveland during the Great Depression. Here she mentions that she went to the Aquacade, which was part of the Great Lakes Exposition of 1937. She chronicles the changes that East Cleveland has underwent over her 80-plus years in the Cleveland area. Change in the city was not the only thing she mentioned. She discusses changes in her career path that led her on a fight for gender equality within Western Reserve University. After her fight for gender equality, she mentions changes in the university that she was not part of but had to do with racial equality. She also talks about the plan that she, as a dean, helped the administration formulate in case of a riot at the university. One never materialized, but the plan came into play due to the Kent State Shootings in 1970, and she is quite proud of the plan and the ultimate execution of said plan.

Participants: Kilpatrick, Patricia (interviewee) / Horan II, John (interviewer)
Collection: Judson Oral History Project
Institutional Repository: Cleveland Regional Oral History Collection

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Judson Oral History Project

These interviews with residents of the Judson Park retirement community focus on personal recollections of the city's history and development. Interviews were conducted with the support of the Unger Family Foundation and the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University and were carried out by staff at Judson, alongside a team of researchers and students from Cleveland State.