Plymouth State University Mourns Loss of Patricia Storer

January 16th, 2009 by Adam

A beloved figure in Plymouth State University’s history has passed away. Patricia Storer, 81, died Jan. 14 after a period of declining health. As a student, teacher, and administrator, Pat always upheld the highest ideals for professional educators and stood out as a role model. Her work ethic, dedication, and expertise helped shape this institution and countless students who, under her guidance, blossomed into professional educators themselves.

Pat Storer graduated from Plymouth Teachers College in 1948, and took a job teaching in Claremont, and then returned to Plymouth in 1950, teaching in the Lab School when the college operated the local school system.

She again left Plymouth to gain more experience teaching, and returned in 1963 as a faculty member in the education department. Pat served as acting dean of students in 1968, and later as associate dean of academic affairs and registrar, playing a key role in implementing Plymouth State’s first computerized student record system. In 1972, Pat was named to the Outstanding Educators of America for her exceptional service, achievements, and leadership in the field of education. Pat was named the first Distinguished PAT at Plymouth State in 1989, and she retired from Plymouth State in 1991, after 28 years of service.

Following her retirement, she continued to be recognized for her longstanding efforts in helping Plymouth State’s students, faculty, and staff. She received the Distinguished Alumni Service Award in 1991, the Madie W. Barrett Award in 1993, and the Alumni Achievement Award in 2002. This past November, the Patricia Storer Award was created to honor an employee who exemplifies dedication, knowledge and respect in serving the students, staff and faculty at Plymouth State University.

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