Patricia G. Mayeux PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 04 May 2013 08:11
MayeuxP-obitPatricia Gangwer Mayeux, who worked for six university presidents at Bowling Green State University, passed away in Wood County Hospital on Wednesday, May 1 at the age of 91. She was admitted to the hospital on Tuesday, April 30 after becoming ill at her residence in Sterling House of Bowling Green on N. Wintergarden Rd. She suffered for years from complications related to Parkinson's disease.
Patricia was born on December 16, 1921 in Wilsey, Morris County, Kansas and was the only child of Judson Earl and Lena Cora (Fay) Gangwer. Her father died when Patricia was a young adult and her mother passed away in Bowling Green in 1973.
At the age of 71, she married Murray Mayeux, a widower and father of six from Somerset County, PA in 1993. They met in an Elderhostel program at West Virginia University in 1992. He preceded her in death in Bowling Green on April 24, 2010. They lived at 877 Carol Rd. before moving to the Heritage Health Care campus in 2008.
Patricia was graduated from Emporia, KS High School in 1939 and from Emporia State University in 1946 with a major in Business and minors in English and French.
She began her career prior to graduating as Secretary to the President of Emporia State, a position she held until 1951, when she moved to Washington, D.C. There she served as an editorial assistant with the National Commission on Teacher Education and Professional Standards of the National Education Association, where she worked with Dr. Ralph J. McDonald, who became BGSU's fourth President in 1951.
Patricia started her long association with BGSU as Administrative Assistant to President McDonald on January 1, 1952, a position she held throughout Dr. McDonald's tenure. She briefly assisted BGSU President Ralph G. Harshman before returning to Washington, D.C. in 1962 to work again for the NEA. She then became an assistant to the Akron, OH Superintendent of Schools, Martin Essex in 1963.
She returned to Bowling Green in 1964, at the invitation of BGSU's sixth President, Dr. William T. Jerome, where she worked with Donald LeLong in the Office of Institutional Research and Planning. With the appointment of Dr. Hollis A. Moore as President of BGSU in July 1970, she became Administrative Assistant to the President and specialized in correspondence, data collecting and analysis, and speech writing.
Upon the death of President Moore in 1981, she worked with Interim President, Dr. Michael R. Ferrari, before becoming Secretary of the Presidential Search and Screening Committee. She then assisted the newly appointed BGSU President, Dr. Paul J. Olscamp, before retiring in 1983. Of particular interest to her was working with the officers of the Faculty Senate on revisions to the Faculty Charter. From 1983 until 1988, she served on a part time basis as a researcher in the Office of Alumni and Development.
Patricia was named an Honorary Alumnus of BGSU in 1988 and established a scholarship program for an outstanding student in the University's Creative Writing program.
She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church since 1957 and was a devoted member of the Shakespeare Roundtable from 1988 until she became an Associate member in 2001. She was also active in Wood County Hospital Guild.
There are no immediate survivors except for four living stepchildren. She was assisted in recent years by longtime, close personal friends and university colleagues, Anne Weaver, of Columbus, OH and Dick Edwards of Bowling Green and his wife, Nadine.
Patricia Mayeux often expressed deep appreciation for the loving support from the members of First Presbyterian Church, the many cards and notes from friends and former colleagues, and remembrances by members of St. Aloysius Catholic Church, where her husband attended, and by its Priest, Fr. Mark Davis. She was especially grateful for the excellent care administered by the staff of The Sterling House of Bowling Green.
Memorial contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church, 126 S. Church St., Bowling Green; the BGSU Foundation c/o the Patricia Gangwer Mayeux Scholarship Fund; and the Simpson Garden Park, 1291 Conneaut Ave., BG. A Memorial Service will be scheduled in the near future at First Presbyterian Church. Burial will be private. DUNN FUNERAL HOME located in Bowling Green's Historical District at 408 W. Wooster Street is in charge of arrangements.
Quotes by Dick Edwards, former BGSU colleague and now Mayor of BG: "Pat was a consummate professional. She was totally trustworthy. She never met a misplaced modifier or an incorrect punctuation mark that she liked. In terms of fact-finding, she could always find the proverbial 'needle in the haystack.' She loved BGSU and Bowling Green as a place to live and work. With her passing will go a huge amount of BGSU history, the purse my lips variety."
Quote by Clif Boutelle, Retired Director of Public Relations, BGSU: "I frequently worked with Pat and was always impressed with her efficiency. I never had to ask her too many questions as she always seem to anticipate what I needed for the stories we were preparing about the University. She also had a great deal of institutional memory that was quite helpful. She simply was a delight to work with."

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