Dr. Harriet "Patsy" Boyer

About Dr. Harriet "Patsy" Boyer: After obtaining her Ph.D. in Spanish at the University of New Mexico in 1967, Dr. Boyer joined Colorado State University where she remained until her retirement. A noted specialist in Spanish Golden Age Literature, Dr. Boyer taught a course on images of women in Spanish literature and included women writers in the other courses she taught. In addition to her participation as a scholar in the major associations of her discipline and on the board of national scholarly journals, Dr. Boyer was a member of the Faculty Women's Caucus and a faculty member in the Women's Interdisciplinary Studies program at Colorado State University. She wrote the Career Enhancement Grant, funded by the Southwest Institute for Research on Women (SIROW), which eventually led to the Gender Integration Project, now the Women's Studies Project on Teaching, Curriculum, and Scholarship, funded by Colorado State University. The recipient of numerous awards, including the Oliver P. Pennock Distinguished Service Award, she was named the John N. Stern Distinguished Professor in 1997, the year she also received the first Women's Caucus Margaret Hazaleus Award for "exemplary inspiration to women on campus as teacher, scholar, mentor, and role model." Dr. Boyer was perhaps most known for her generosity of spirit and her sense of importance of a true community of scholars. She is remembered with particular fondness by the generations of students she taught and mentored throughout her thirty years on campus. Upon her death in 2000, she left her estate largely to the Office of Women's Programs and Studies to support gender-based courses and activities and the Harriet Patsy Boyer Scholarships.