Section Mourns Death of
Hall of Famer Pat Lamb
USTA Northern | February 1, 2018
USTA Northern is mourning the death of Hall of Famer Pat Lamb, who lost her battle with cancer on January 28, 2018. Lamb was 83.
Born in Minneapolis to Charles and Bertha (Urban) Lamb, she was raised with her brothers, Charles and Richard, in south Minneapolis. She graduated from Central High School in Minneapolis and earned her bachelor's degree from the University of Minnesota in 1956. She taught physical education in several California schools before returning to Minneapolis where she completed her master's degree at the University of Minnesota.
In 1962, she began her 32-year teaching career at Carleton College in Northfield, Minn. She retired as Professor Emerita from Carleton in 1994. Lamb came to Carleton as a teacher in the Women's Physical Education Department. She became Carleton's first athletic director for women in 1970, a position she held for 15 years. ADVERTISEMENT Because of her advocacy, Carleton became an early model for providing wide-ranging physical education instruction, classes, and resources for women.
She coached the women's tennis team for almost two decades. Her teams won 11 conference championships.
Pat served in many leadership positions in state and national organizations, including the U.S. Tennis Association, the Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women, the National Association for Girls and Women in Sport, and the NCAA.
Her many honors include being named the NCAA Division III Tennis Coach of the Year, induction into the Minnesota Tennis Hall of Fame, and receiving the University of Minnesota's Eloise M. Jaeger Physical Education Award. At Carleton, Lamb was inducted into the 'C' Club Hall of Fame in 1993 and received the college's Exceptional Service award during Reunion in 2016.
She continued to support women's athletics in myriad ways including the Pat Lamb award, which is given annually to an outstanding Carleton senior female athlete and scholar.
While she won many awards in her career, she always said her greatest reward was in helping her students and athletes to develop into strong and confident women. She is best remembered by her former students as a master teacher, a challenging and encouraging coach, and a faithful and loving mentor and adviser. Lamb and her life partner, Ele Hansen, loved to spend time with their many nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews. The family dearly loved their "Aunties" who significantly and positively influenced their lives.
Lamb formed deep and lasting friendships with an extraordinary number of people both in Minnesota and in Green Valley, Ariz., where Pat and Ele had a winter home. Her friends will miss her love and companionship.
When asked what she wished her obituary to say, her response was simple and short: "She lived fully, she tried hard, she loved with all her heart. and she died gracefully having placed herself totally in the hands of God." All those who knew her will attest that this statement is utterly true.
Pat was preceded in death by her life partner, Eleanor Hansen, her parents, and her brother Richard. She is survived by brother Charles Lamb (Ginny), nieces Teresa Soller, Beth Lamb (Sydney Smith), Rainya Taylor (Ed), Kathy Watson (Leo), and Jeanne Ellis (Dave); by nephews Mark Lamb, Mike Lamb (Carol), and Jim Ross (Judy); and by many grand-nieces and grand-nephews.
A public memorial service will be held on Friday, June 15, 2018, 10:00 AM, at Skinner Memorial Chapel on the campus of Carleton College in Northfield. Contributions may be made in Pat's memory to The Pat Lamb Endowed Tennis Fund at Carleton College, One North College St., Northfield, MN 55057; or to 50 North (Northfield Senior Center), 1651 Jefferson Parkway, Northfield, MN 55057.