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Pat Tripple, in her Retrospective, recounts the life of an atypical young woman whose achievements included earning a Ph.D. in the early 1950's when pursuing this educational level was unusual for a woman. Hired by the University of Nevada as an Associate Professor in 1955, she soon found herself immersed in assisting the design of the newly funded Sarah Fleishmann School of Economics building, as well as developing new and innovative interdisciplinary home economics curricula to adapt to the ever changing role of woman homemakers. For over three decades Pat was central to the academic success of this school. She was appointed as the Dean of the School of Economics in 1973 and was active in home economics education both on a national and international level. Sadly, she gives witness to the demise of the discipline nationwide and specifically the end of the university's Sarah Hamilton Fleischmann School of Home Economics program in 1989.
Dr. Tripple was also successful in winning Washoe County's Assembly District 32 seat in 1995 and serves in the 95th Session of the Nevada State Legislature. Her interesting narrative provides insight into the workings of one of the most unique legislature sessions in the history of Nevada in which an equal number of Democrats and Republicans were elected to serve in the State Assembly. This unusual occurrence had never happened in the State's history before, nor has it since. The all-important leadership position was solved by having the Assembly Speakership position exchanged between both parties on a weekly basis. This true act of collegiality put the state's best interest above party loyalty.
This book is the first in a planned series of oral histories to be publishes by the Nevada Women's History Project. Not only is it a valuable resource on multiple levels to anyone interested in both Nevada's and women's history, but it is the story of a woman whose chosen path of public service mane many positive contributions to the citizens of this state.