Pat Blunt Koldyke '54 (2009)

Patricia Blunt Koldyke is a North Shore “lifer.” She graduated the same year Perry Dunlap Smith retired as Headmaster of the School.  She continued her education at Vassar College, along with four of her classmates from North Shore, and graduated in 1959. Her first job was with Harper’s Bazaar as a gal Friday to the shoe editor, but marriage to a man she credits with values of rural America combined with creativity, ingenuity, humor and a deep commitment outside of his work to political and social activism intervened. These same qualities also describe Pat as she has made a remarkable and significant impact individually and in partnership with her husband Mike in meaningful and influential ways in the greater Chicago-area and global communities.
Patricia Blunt Koldyke is a North Shore “lifer.” She graduated the same year Perry Dunlap Smith retired as Headmaster of the School.  She continued her education at Vassar College, along with four of her classmates from North Shore, and graduated in 1959. Her first job was with Harper’s Bazaar as a gal Friday to the shoe editor, but marriage to a man she credits with values of rural America combined with creativity, ingenuity, humor and a deep commitment outside of his work to political and social activism intervened. These same qualities also describe Pat as she has made a remarkable and significant impact individually and in partnership with her husband Mike in meaningful and influential ways in the greater Chicago-area and global communities.

Early on, Pat was involved in her local community serving as President of the Kenilworth Citizens Advisory Committee and the Kenilworth Public Library District Board of Trustees. In the early ’70s, she co-founded the Committee for Handgun Control (now the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence). She served on the Women’s Board of Children’s Memorial Hospital, the Erikson Institute, The Northwestern Memorial Foundation and as a director of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. Together she and her husband founded The Golden Apple Foundation in 1986, and she served as the Director of its Scholars Program from 1973 until 1979 and continues to serve on the Board of Directors. The Foundation awards 10 outstanding teachers a year with its now-prestigious Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching. The Scholars program recruits and prepares talented high school graduates for college and for careers as teachers in schools of need. There are now over 500 scholars in Illinois classrooms. The Foundation, and a sister organization, AUSL, (the Academy for Urban School Leadership), are the centers of their philanthropic lives.

In 2007, the Koldyke Fellowship to recognize social entrepreneurship was established. She has spent years furthering awareness and understanding of international affairs in Chicago and the Midwest with a particular interest in public education and youth leadership. Additionally, she is a trustee of the Brain Research Foundation, an Honorary Life Director of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and on the Board of Advisors of Persons with Disabilities Fund at the Chicago Community Trust. Pat’s dedication and advocacy in education, global affairs and public service serves as an example to all and exemplifies the School’s motto of “Live and Serve.”

North Shore County Day School proudly presents the 2009 Francis R. Stanton Alumni Recognition to Patricia Blunt Koldyke.

Presented September 26, 2009 by Cathy Askow Thompson ’69
President, Alumni Board, North Shore Country Day School
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North Shore Country Day School is a junior kindergarten through 12th grade, college-preparatory school founded in Winnetka, Illinois in 1919.  With rigorous academic pursuit as the cornerstone, North Shore provides many opportunities for all students to excel – in the classroom and the laboratory, on the stage and the playing field, in their communities and beyond.

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