Patricia "Pat" Wirth

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June 14, 1930 ~ November 17, 2016
"Exemplifying the best in leadership for those seeking an education through the community college system."

Dr. Patricia Kaufman Wirth, 86, passed away November 17, 2016. She was born in Hebron, North Dakota on June 14, 1930, the only child of Joe N. Kaufman and Kathryn Bleth Kaufman. In 1936, Pat moved to Vancouver with her parents. They moved to a dairy farm in LaCenter in 1937, and then moved to a farm in Washougal. In 1941, the family moved to Orchards where Pat was honored as valedictorian of her eighth grade class. She also attended Vancouver High School, and returned to Clark College as an adult re-entry student.
Pat worked full time while attending college, earning an AA degree from Clark College in 1968. She went on to earn a BS degree with a major in Business Administration at Portland State University in 1971; an MBA degree from Portland State University in 1975; and a Ph.D. degree from the University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho in 1979.
Dr. Wirth served as the District Superintendent/President of Yuba Community College District, District Campus in Marysville, California from April 2, 1984 through December 31, 1994. She served previously in the following administrative positions: Chief Instructional Officer, Modesto Junior College; Vice President of Clark College, Dean of Administrative Services, Clark College, Business Manager of Clark College, and Dean of Administration for Yakima Valley Junior College.
Among her professional activities, Dr. Wirth served on numerous commissions, councils and committees. Among them include the American Association of Community and Junior Colleges Board of Directors 1986/1989; AACJ Joint Commission on Federal Relations as Vice Chair for nursing issues; CA Assoc of Community Colleges Commission on Legislation and Finance 1988/1991, and California Community Colleges Chief Executive Officers Board of Directors, 1991/1994.
Dr. Wirth served as President of the Yuba Feather Rivers Sunrise Rotary Club 1991/1992; a member of the Yuba-Sutter Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors 1991/1994; President of the Yuba-Sutter Professionals Network for Women; and President of the Yuba-Sutter United Way.
Patricia received the Athena Award, presented by the Yuba-Sutter Chamber of Commerce, recognizing her as the outstanding woman leader in the community for 1989. In 1988, Dr. Wirth was recognized as outstanding educator by the Yolo County School Boards Association with their "Golden Apple Award." Then in June 1998, she was awarded the Alumna of the Year Award by Clark College.
Dr. Wirth's name remains in the US Congressional Record 103 Sessions as…. "Exemplifying the best in leadership for those seeking an education through the community college system."
She will be remembered by many at the Luepke Center as being the belle of the ball because of her beautiful clothes and dancing shoes with suede soles!
Pat leaves her beloved family: Phillip L. Mattox (Loie Ward Mattox), Clayton J. Mattox (Cindy); grandchildren, Julie, Grant, Ashley and Clark; many other relatives; and her companion of later years, The Mountain Man, Jerome Solotky, and numerous friends in Vancouver and Yuba City.
She was preceded in death by her father, Joe N. Kaufman in 1975; her mother, Kathryn Bleth Kaufman in 1988; her husband, William W. Wirth in 1994; also her companion of 14 years, Quenton Moon in 2009, who shared her talent and love of ballroom dancing and was her perfect dance partner.
Per her request, there will be no funeral or memorial service.
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Published in The Columbian on Nov. 27, 2016
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