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Pat Auld Pate Apperson
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Birth: Feb. 1, 1918
Goose Creek
Harris County
Texas, USA
Death: Mar. 20, 2010
Navarro County
Texas, USA

Pat Auld Apperson, 92, of Corsicana, passed away Saturday, March 20, 2010, at her home. She was born Feb. 1, 1918, to Clarence and Inez Pate in Goose Creek, Texas, where her father was production supervisor for Gulf Oil Co.

Pat is survived by her husband, Lee Apperson of Corsicana.

Pat was known as one of the world's greatest women hunters. The government of India honored her for heroism in taking "the man-killer Semmen." She is in the record books for the largest polar bear ever taken by a woman the second largest recorded polar bear kill. She bagged Africa's leopard, rhino, elephant, and cape buffalo, four of the continent's "big five" game animals.

Yet for all her trophies, all her "kills," Mrs. Apperson was also known as one of the outstanding conservationists of our time. A founder of the 28-nation Game Conservation International, she did more to encourage wildlife management than any woman before her.

As an author, lecturer and educator, Pat brought the "thrill of the hunt" to thousands from enthralled elementary school students to the great hunters of the Skilcar-Safari International Club. Yet carefully entwined into each fabulous story was the central theme of conservation, of preserving nature's resources through sportsmanship and conservation.

The respected hunter has even greater lasting distinctions than record-book kills and thrilling hunts, for Pat blazed the trail for women. She proved that women are men's equal in both the field and the board room. Only the second woman to serve as board member of the National Rifle Association of America (NRA), she dedicated her efforts towards public education and the advancement of women. Chairperson of the NRA's Department of Public Relations, and co-chairperson of the organization's Women's Policy Committee, she forged a new conservationist and safety role for the nationwide association, while simultaneously proving by example the equality of women.

From her early days as a fashion model and barnstorming aviatrix, a hunter, conservationist, educator and philanthropist, she has left a permanent mark that few men and even fewer women can duplicate.

The same dedication that saw her become the first woman to bag the elusive Western Bongo Antelope of Africa saw her lead the drive to provide a desperately needed All-Faiths Chapel for the mental patients of the Kerrville State Hospital in her hometown of Kerrville. The significance of her efforts in founding the "Pat Auld Chapel of the Hills" is witnessed by the chapel being one of only two state government buildings dedicated in honor, rather than in memoriam.

No services are planned at this time.
Created by: Sherry Garrett Franklin
Record added: Mar 24, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 50166395


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