In Memoriam | Pat Hayes

Pat Hayes began at the station in 1978 as the sole development person, which makes her KMUW’s longest employee. She was our Membership Director and served the radio station loyally for 38 years.

We are saddened by her passing and are grateful for our time with her. We'll miss Pat's big smile and faithful personality, especially during pledge drive.

In April 2012, shortly after her 68th pledge drive, Pat was honored with the WSU President’s Distinguished Service Award. Frank Dudgeon, the operations manager for KMUW at the time, interviewed Pat about her history with the station and how things have changed throughout the years. That interview can be heard in the story below: History of the KMUW Pledge Drives.


In lieu of flowers, Pat's family has requested that contributions be made in her name to KMUW.


Patricia V. Hayes | September 14, 1938 - January 3, 2017

Patricia V. Hayes earned a bachelor’s degree in speech communication from the Municipal University in Wichita (WSU), and a master’s in theatre arts from the University of Kansas. After completing her B.A., Pat taught English, speech, drama and debate at Goddard High School. She has served as the special education principal at the Institute of Logopedics and was a speech lecturer for several years at WSU. She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Lance Hayes.