Patricia Monroe Carrigan Bay City Former Lansing resident Patricia M. Carrigan, age 84 died peacefully Tuesday, June 19, at Brookdale Senior Living in Bay City. Pat Carrigan resided in Bay City from 1985, when she was appointed manager of the General Motors Powertrain Plant. She moved to Frankenmuth in 2008, returning to Bay City in 2010. She also headed her own consulting firm for a number of years after her 1990 retirement from GM. A graduate of Sexton High School and Michigan State University, Carrigan was the first woman elected to the MSU Board of Trustees, and was the first woman to serve as chair of that board. Serving as chair during the Viet Nam war years, she was recognized for her sensitivity to student concerns about the war. She was also concerned with the public's right to know, and pressed for open meeting practices well before state law compelled them. Carrigan received her doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Michigan, but maintained her strong ties to MSU throughout her life. She served on the board of directors of the Development Fund Board and was a charter member of the MSU Benefactors Club. In 1988, Carrigan was a recipient of the MSU distinguished Alumni Award, and was a life member of the MSU Alumni Association. Carrigan enjoyed distinguished careers in both education and industry. She gained national recognition for workplace innovations during her 14 years as a General Motors executive. Prior to her employment with General Motors in 1976, she served as Corporate Director of Human Resources for the Bendix Corporation. She was also Director of Research for the Ann Arbor Public Schools where she designed and headed a federally funded project studying the effects of desegregation on students in Ann Arbor elementary schools. Equity issues were foremost in her mind from the time she was an elementary school teacher in Willow Run. Carrigan was born in Lansing, the daughter of Clifford D. and Beulah (Garland) Monroe, and was the step daughter of Reginald O. Paton. Survivors include cousins Leon (Carol) Monroe of Charlotte, Michigan; and Dr. Tad (Gail) Gates of North Branch, Minnesota. An aunt, Myrtle Monroe, of East Lansing, and a cousin, William Monroe, of Wayland, Michigan also predeceased her. A memorial service will be held at Michigan State University at a date and time to be announced. Cremation has taken place, and private burial will be in Lakeview Cemetery in Howell, Michigan, the birthplace of her parents. Friends wishing to make an expression of caring are asked to consider the Patricia M. Carrigan Chair for Feline Health, c/o College of Veterinary Medicine, MSU, East Lansing, MI 48824. Arrangements entrusted to W. A. Trahan Funeral Chapel in Bay City. (989) 893-6583 Online condolences: www.trahanfc.com
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Published in Lansing State Journal on June 23, 2013