|Birth: ||Nov. 7, 1928|
|Death: ||Jun. 19, 2013|
Patricia M. (Pat) Carrigan, age 84 years, died peacefully Tuesday, June 19, 2013, at Brookdale Senior Living in Bay City, surrounded by friends and the people who have lovingly cared for her for the past three years.
Pat Carrigan resided in Bay City from 1985 until her move to Frankenmuth in 2008. She returned to Bay City in 2010. In 1985, she was appointed manager of the Bay City General Motors Powertrain Plant. During her five years as manager, the Bay City plant attracted national attention for its innovative approach in maximizing the participation of employees in workplace decisions. The nation's first "living labor agreement" was crafted at Bay City under her leadership. In 1988, the plant was featured in "The Leadership Alliance," a video produced by management guru Tom Peters and aired nationally on public television. Carrigan was honored for her work in Bay City in a joint resolution by the Michigan legislature following her retirement from GM in 1990.
In her prior assignment as manager of the GM Lakewood Plant in Atlanta, Georgia, Carrigan was successful in bringing together local and state government with union and management to reverse an 18 month plant shutdown; returning some 3,000 people to their jobs. In both plant assignments, Carrigan's partnership with the local union leadership was a driving force. Her appointment as manager of the Lakewood facility marked the first ever appointment of a woman to head a GM plant operation.
Relationships based on trust and mutual respect were the hallmark of Carrigan's leadership style. Jack Whyte of Pinconning, former chairman of the UAW Local 362 in Bay City stated, "Pat Carrigan ain't got a phony bone in her body!" While at Lakewood, she and Claude Chamlee, chairman of UAW Local 34 in Atlanta, were invited to co-chair a Yale University symposium on "Constructive Labor Relations."
Carrigan first joined the ranks of industry in 1973 at Bendix Corporation, where she served as Corporate Director of Human Resources. Earlier she was Director of Research for the Ann Arbor Public Schools, where she designed and headed a federally funded project studying the effects of desegregation on students in Ann Arbor elementary schools. Equity issues were foremost in her mind from the time she was an elementary school teacher in Willow Run.
A graduate of Michigan State University, Carrigan became the first woman elected to its Board of Trustees (1970), and was the first to serve as chair. She was a member of the MSU Benefactors Club and a 1988 recipient of the MSU Distinguished Alumni Award. She received her doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Michigan in 1963.
Carrigan was a member of the Bay Area Chamber of Commerce, the Michigan and Bay County Democratic party organizations, and served on the boards of the Bay County Growth Alliance and YWCA of Bay County. She was a local Hospice volunteer and a former member of the Michigan and American Psychological Associations, and the American Educational Research Association.
In 1988, she endowed the Patricia M. Carrigan Fund for Feline Health in the College of Veterinary Medicine at MSU. The Feline fund supports research aimed at prevention, improved diagnosis and treatment of feline health problems. She also established the Patricia M. Carrigan Woodwind Scholarship at MSU's College of Music.
She was a member of Cat Collectors International and a contributor of articles for its newsletter. She headed her own consulting firm for a number of years after retiring from General Motors. Survivors include cousins Leon (Carol) Monroe of Charlotte, Michigan and Dr. Tad (Gail) Gates of North Branch, Minnesota. Her parents, Clifford and Beulah (Garland) Monroe; an aunt, Myrtle Monroe of East Lansing; and a cousin, William Monroe of Wayland, Michigan predeceased her.
A memorial service will be held at Michigan State University at a date and time to be announced. Cremation has taken place, and private burial will be in Lakeview Cemetery in Howell, Michigan, the birthplace of her parents. Friends wishing to make an expression of caring are asked to consider the Patricia M. Carrigan Chair for Feline Health, c/o College of Veterinary Medicine, MSU, East Lansing, MI 48824.
Online condolences: www.trahanfc.com
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Created by: Rosalie H. Kaufman
Record added: Jun 21, 2013
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