Pat Doyle-Grace '66
Having an educational background from MacMurray that was centered in the arts allowed me to change careers several times. I went from being a high school and college educator to recruiting for aerospace engineers, business executives, and physicians and have come back to teaching as a corporate trainer for a publicly traded $800 million firm. From MacMurray, I learned to absorb, organize, and adapt. If I hadn't attended a small college in a close-knit community, I wouldn't have had the opportunity to participate in all of the campus activities that helped me to learn and practice leadership skills which have benefited me in all stages of my career.
Pat Doyle-Grace '66 grew up on a small farm in Central Illinois and came to MacMurray to obtain a bachelor of arts in history. During her years at Mac, she was a member of Belles Lettres, the Tartan staff, the "Daily Other" staff, Campus Activity Board, Mac Student Association, House Council, band, and theatre. She served as president of the Women's Student Association and held the position of dorm officer during her time at MacMurray. She recalls how scared she was when her student job as a waitress in the dining hall required her to wait on MacMurray's Trustees when they came to town for meetings. "They would eat meals in the small private dining room off the south side of McClelland Dining Hall. The meals featured things like ice sculptures, carved watermelon baskets full of fruit, and fancy desserts. I was afraid I would drop something or spill food on a trustee! I would never in my wildest dreams have thought I would actually BE a trustee someday!" She considers being a member of the Board of Trustees an honor.
After graduation, Mrs. Doyle-Grace obtained her master of arts degree in English and her master of science degree in educational psychology and counseling from the University of Illinois. She taught high school and college in the Champaign-Urbana and St. Louis areas for eight years. From 1975 to 1982, she recruited aerospace engineers. She then became a physician recruiter and consultant for 20 years at Cejka, where she is now a corporate trainer.
As a student, Pat was honored as "Service" in the "Knowledge, Faith, and Service Awards" presented to female members of the graduating class of 1966. She was awarded the St. Louis Big Sister of the Year in 1980; the MacMurray Distinguished Alumni Award in 1990; and most recently, the National Association of Physician Recruiters President's Award in 2008.
Her community service interests include Big Brothers/Big Sisters of St. Louis, St. Louis Mentor Program, Habitat for Humanity, Step-up St. Louis, and the Interfaith Housing Help organization, where she was a founding member and a member of the Board.