Patricia Hurst Holt, Stanford University J.D. ’62, B.A. ’59, directed the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Lawyer Referral and Information Service for 15 years, until she suffered a medical emergency on December 24, 2009. She passed away on October 26, 2017, at age 80.
Soon after earning her bachelor’s degree from Stanford, Patricia married Roger Godfrey and enrolled in law school at Marquette University in Wisconsin. She then transferred back to Stanford and was on law review at both schools.
Patricia became a tax partner at Rogers & Wells, and her practice there included six years working in Mexico City. She never had children of her own, but she mentored many young lawyers over the years and was an early member of the Stanford Professional Women of Los Angeles County, founded in 1978. A lifelong tea drinker, Patricia always enjoyed attending their annual Holiday Tea.
After her husband “Bud” Keilly passed away in 1992, Patricia joined the Peace Corps as a senior volunteer and went to Poland to advise them about their new tax system. When she returned, she became director of LACBA’s LRIS. She was honoured for her work there in 2011, when LACBA awarded her the Benjamin Aranda III Outstanding Public Service Award.
Throughout her life, Patricia was known for her fashionable clothing and her love of beautiful things. Over the years, Patricia raised Great Danes and then French poodles as show dogs, and she is survived by her dog, Tinker Bell, who has been a steadfast companion through Patricia’s nearly eight years of disability.