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Patricia Brown Holmes

Patricia Brown Holmes

Former Cook County judge | UI trustee | Class of 1983

Campus looked more than a little different when Patricia Brown Holmes was a UI student (Class of ’83) than it did during her first stretch as a UI trustee (2011-17).

“My fondest memories are from studying on the third floor hallway of Hopkins Hall with my roommate and watching as folks came in and out of various rooms,” says the former Cook County judge (BS ’83, liberal arts; JD ’86), who in 2019 was appointed by new Gov. J.B. Pritzker to a second stint on her alma mater's board of trustees.

“Recall that back in the late ‘70s, early ‘80s, co-ed dorms were a big thing. My roommate and I felt we were peeking into the secret lives of so many folks.

“I also absolutely loved the football games.”

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