When Dr. Patricia Rose retired in 2002 after teaching at Florida State University for 30 years and serving as chair of the Department of Art History for 17 of those years, her students, colleagues, and friends prepared a special tribute: a book of memories of her inspiring guidance and ongoing influence on their lives. Letters, drawings, photos, cards, and artwork poured in from around the country. Family, colleagues, students, and friends who were able to join the party walked with Dr. Rose through the same camellia-lined walkway where she graduated from FSU in 1950, then presented her with the book at a retirement party in the Moore Lounge of Langford Hall.
These remembrances attest to an inspiring career, dedicated to the students Dr. Rose cared so deeply for and the scholarship she inspired. During Pat’s undergraduate years, FSU transitioned from a women’s college to a coeducational university. The motto of of the college seal in those early years was Femina Perfecta, an ideal exemplified by Patricia Rose.
Patricia Rose’s freshman photo in the Florida State College for Women yearbook, 1947; and on a trip to Switzerland with her family after retirement.