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Oregon State Mourns the Loss of Pat Ingram

Oct 15, 2020

CORVALLIS – The Oregon State University Athletics Department mourns the loss of women's athletics pioneer Pat Ingram, who has passed away at the age of 90.
Ingram played a pivotal role in the evolvement of women's intercollegiate athletics on the national and local scale during the era of the passage of Title IX. She served in various rolls at Oregon State from 1969-1988, including as the first director of OSU's Women's Intercollegiate Athletic Department.
"The entire department here at Oregon State joins the Ingram family in mourning Pat's passing," said Scott Barnes, Oregon State Vice President and Director of Athletics. "Pat was a true pioneer and an incredible advocate for women's athletics, as a coach, a faculty member and an administrator. We are grateful for all of Pat's contributions to our student athletes and our department, and our condolences go out to her family and friends."
Ingram also served as a faculty member (beginning in 1969), head of student teaching (1975-1988) and women's track and field coach (1970-73. Her track and field squads of 1971, 72, and 73 each won their conference titles and advanced to the national championships. Pat's athletes won 11 Conference and eight Regional titles. Thirteen women earned All-American honors, and two women competed for USA Track and Field Teams.
Pat's contributions have included a leadership role in the reintroduction of women's cross country and track and field in 2004; established one of two scholarships for women in 2007, and served as an organizer of the Title IX dinners held over the years to honor the OSU women's athletic heritage.
"Pat had a very difficult job initially, when she was in charge of implementing Title IX initially," said Sylvia Moore, who succeeded Ingram as Director of Women's Intercollegiate Athletics. "She stepped up, and with the support of the president, she got the whole thing started. Pat's willingness to fight those initial battles made a big difference. Pat was a superb organizer, and she helped put Oregon State on the national map by bringing the track championships to Corvallis."
In 2013, Ingram was selected by the OSU Women's Center as a "Woman of Achievement" and "recognized as a trailblazer whose courageous efforts remain timeless and continue to illustrate what can be accomplished when one's quest for equality impacts the positive quality of life for Oregon State women."
Pat was inducted into the Oregon State University Sports Hall of Fame, Class of 2015. She was honored for "paving the way for what women's athletics at OSU are today."
In memory of Pat, contributions may be made to the Pat Ingram Scholarship Endowment Fund at the Oregon State University Foundation, 4238 SW Research Way, Corvallis, Oregon 97333. A celebration of life will be held at a later, safer date. Arrangements by DeMoss-Durdan.
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