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Pat Murdock

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Pat is one of the founding members of the Retired Faculty and Staff Association and now an honorary member of the board. She spent the majority of her whole career in education at Texas State, serving there for more than 40 years, mostly as head of News and Information Services.

Pat attended Hill College in Hillsboro and finished her B.S. in Liberal Arts degree at Southwest Texas State College followed by a M.Ed. She went to work as chief assistant to Bruce Roche, who was chair of the Journalism Department, director of the News Service and faculty adviser to the student newspaper, the College Star. She remembered vividly the day that President Lyndon Johnson returned to campus on November 8, 1965, to sign the Higher Education Act. “Bruce Roche had just said it had never rained on the president yet at one of these signings. Just then the heavens opened. It was a downpour. I remember physically carrying things and slipping and sliding in the mud with the press corps right behind me!” The ceremony was moved from the steps of Old Main to Strahan Gym, now the site of the Music Building.

She stepped up to head of the News Service when Roche left to pursue a Ph.D. in 1967 and served there until 1994, then she moved to University Advancement’s development division, where she used her vast institutional knowledge to do various research projects. She retired in 2007 and worked part time until 2009. She handled media relations through seven university presidents and a couple of acting presidents; the San Marcos 10 law suit and other upheavals in the Sixties; acquisition of the San Marcos Academy, San Marcos Fish Hatchery, Freeman Ranch and Aquarena Springs properties; explosive growth of student enrollment and resulting faculty and facility challenges; a name change and a 75th anniversary; two football and a men’s golf national championships; lots of building openings and namings; and various campus controversies, some we’ll probably never know about. She contributed immensely to the writing of the 75th year and 100th year histories of the university.

During all of that time, she and her husband Rennie reared four children and she remained a pillar of the San Marcos community. She was one of the founders and longtime board member of the LBJ Museum of San Marcos. She served many years, several of them as president, of the board of the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 144. She served in leadership roles in the San Marcos League of Women Voters and is now an honorary member, Friends of the San Marcos Cemetery, Summerfest planning, Sights and Sounds of Christmas, and Chilympiad. She was inducted into the San Marcos Women’s Hall of Fame by the City of San Marcos in 1997.

She has four children, one grandchild and two great grandchildren.