First Ladies Centennial

Pat Ryan at work in the pharmacy at Seton Hospital in New York City, ca. 1932.

Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum, used with permission of the Richard Nixon Foundation and Julie Nixon Eisenhower.

Pat Ryan in front of her car.

Pat Ryan graduated cum laude from the University of Southern California in 1937 with a Bachelor of Science degree. She took a position as a high school teacher in Whittier, California, where she eventually met Richard Nixon. Richard Nixon Presidential Library, used with permission of the Richard Nixon Foundation and Julie Nixon Eisenhower.

Portrait of First Lady Pat Nixon, August 19, 1970.

Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum. National Archives Identifier: 194324.

First Lady Pat Nixon speaking with young Girl Scout leaders during her visit to the Girl Scout organization's New York City headquarters, February 4, 1970.

Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum Identifier: C2907-14.

First Lady Pat Nixon paints with a fellow artist, June 18, 1970.

Mrs. Nixon had a lot of fun with children in Washington, D. C. during her Summer in the Parks program. Here she is adding more lines of paint onto a large balloon, along with a fellow young artist during an event on the White House lawn. Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum Identifier: C3711-23A.

First Lady Pat Nixon and President Richard Nixon reviewing supplies bound for Peru, June 28, 1970.

Mrs. Nixon organized a relief effort for Peru after a 7.9 "Great Peruvian Earthquake" occurred on May 31, 1970. She flew with a cargo plane loaded with aid supplies, and visited the hospitals, relief centers and hardest hit disaster areas. She was later awarded The Grand Cross of the Order of the Sun by the President of Peru, the highest honor and oldest historic medal Peru (and South America) bestows for valor. Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum Identifier: C3777-11A.

Pat Nixon, climbing over rubble high in the Andes Mountains, June 29, 1970.

First Lady. Pat Nixon with Peruís First Lady Consuelo Velasco, inspecting earthquake damage and collapsed buildings in a Huascaran mountain area village, Peru. Richard Nixon Presidential Library & Museum. National Archives Identifier: 194277.

First Lady Pat Nixon talking with surfers near Border Field, CA, August 18, 1971.

After the land grant ceremony at Border Field, CA, creating a new park area at the US/Mexico border (for her Legacy of the Parks Program), First Lady Pat Nixon talked with surfers from a surfing competition taking place nearby. Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum. National Archives Identifier 194733.

First Lady Pat Nixon, Monrovia, Liberia, January 4, 1972.

Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum, National Archives Identifier: 5730816.

The President and Mrs. Nixon visit the Great Wall of China, February 24, 1972.

Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum. National Archives Identifier 194421.

President Nixon and Pat Nixon work as tour guides leading a group of people, including Washington D.C. Mayor Walter Washington, through the White House grounds, April 4, 1973.

Richard Nixon Presidential Library & Museum. National Archives Identifier: 194277.

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