Patricia Marie Beatty MacGowan












After graduating from Boise State I worked on mathematics and science education reform for over 30 years.  I am a founder of the Washington MESA program based at the University of Washington.   MESA partners include Universities, industries and businesses, school districts, and community organizations.  MESA increases the numbers of women and underrepresented minorities in science and engineering fields.

Washington MESA received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring in 2000.   I received the KCTS Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Education in 2005.  I am retired and continue to volunteer for MESA and serve on the three education boards.  I chair the National Science Foundation sponsored National Girl’s Collaborative Project board.

My husband, Craig and I celebrated our 40th anniversary in Trinidad where we were married in 1973.  We spent our first year hitchhiking around South America.  My husband organized trips to Africa, Australia, Ecuador & Galapagos Islands, and to Maui for his Marine Biology classes that provided our family with wonderful experiences.  He has continued to take students to Hawaii for over 30 years.  We love to travel and play golf.   We are fortunate that our son and our daughter live very close to us in Seattle.  They each have a daughter (one is 4 years old and one is 15 months old) and they are our greatest joy.

I am enjoying reading all the bios and appreciate the work of the organizing committee on our 50th!!!!   Thank you.





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