Patricia H. Kirwan, who was known as the first lady of the University of Maryland, died of multiple myeloma complications Wednesday at her Rockville home. She was 80 and formerly lived in Baltimore County on Old Court Road.
Born in Lexington, Ky., she was the daughter of James Harper and his wife, Anna Robinson. She was a 1956 graduate of Henry Clay High School and majored in nutrition at the University of Kentucky, where she graduated in 1960.
“The real story is that I sat right behind her in the seventh grade,” said her husband, Dr. William “Brit” Kirwan, a past president of the University of Maryland. “I was always charmed by her vivacity and beauty.”
He said that...