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Patsy Long Derr ’80

Patsy Long Derr ’80 passed away Oct. 17 in Harker Heights. Following her retirement in 1996 as a certified public accountant and vice president of Wilson Derr Thompson PC in Harker Heights, the Rotary Club became her full-time passion. She was named Rotarian of the Year for 1996 and, in 1997, she was named to the District 5870 Roll of Fame. In 2000, she became the 86th governor of District 5870—the first woman to hold the position. She received the Rotary Foundation’s Citation for Meritorious Service and Rotary International’s Service Above Self Award, one of only nine Rotarians in the history of District 5870 to hold both awards. Prior to falling ill, she was nominated for the Rotary Foundation’s Distinguished Service Award. If selected by the Rotary Foundation Board of Trustees, she will become only the second Rotarian in the history of District 5780 to hold all three recognitions. She was past president of the Exchange Club of Killeen, and was a charter and sustaining member of the Junior Service League of Killeen. She was a member of the Harker Heights Chamber of Commerce, the Modern Study Club, and the Institute of Humanities in Salado.