Statement in Honor of Pat Lynch
Washington D.C. - "Mr. Speaker, I rise to pay tribute to Virginia
Summers Lynch , known to her family and friends as ``Pat ,'' who
passed away on August 1, 2004. Involved in politics and in her community,
Pat's boundless energy and enthusiasm were an inspiration to all
who knew her. She epitomized the best of San Francisco.
a fifth-generation Californian and a descendent of Spanish colonists
who settled in the Monterey area in the 18th century. She spent
her childhood in the San Simeon area and then attended UC Berkeley
where she met her future husband, a law student from San Francisco
named Thomas Lynch . They settled in San Francisco and remained
happily married until his death in 1986. Together, they had two
wonderful sons whom she loved dearly.
actively involved in San Francisco's civic life. She was a founding
member of JACKIE, a foster childcare organization, and she served
as President of the Democratic Women of the San Francisco Bay Area.
Pat was on the boards of directors for many organizations, including
the Humane Society of San Francisco and the Humane Society of United
an integral part in her husband's demanding legal career. Thomas
Lynch served as San Francisco's District Attorney and was later
appointed by Governor Pat Brown to be California's Attorney General.
Pat's support was crucial to her husband's success.
and admired by her friends, one of Pat's most celebrated friendships
was with the San Francisco Chronicle's famed columnist Herb Caen.
Pat was the source of many of his items and was frequently mentioned
in his column.
her sons, Kevin and Michael, for sharing their magnificent mother
with us. I hope it is a comfort to them that so many people share
their loss and are praying for them at this sad time. "
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