Patricia M. Lahy AM, BA, PhD, DLitt (hon.), MAPsS
Dean of the Faculty of Arts, 1980–85
Sydney-born, Patricia Lahy graduated in Arts from Sydney University and later completed her doctorate at Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland.
She taught in the Psychology department (then still in the Arts faculty); beginning as a senior tutor in 1964, she became a lecturer in 1966, and was promoted to senior lecturer in 1979.
Lahy was the first female dean at Sydney University when she was initially elected to succeed J.S. Gunn. She was re-elected for two further terms, and afterwards was appointed executive assistant to the vice-chancellor. In 1987 she became pro-vice-chancellor with special responsibility for establishing Chifley University College (later University of Western Sydney).
She retired in 1991, but returned to Sydney University to become student ombudsman (1994–99). In 1992 she was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia and also received an honorary DLitt from Sydney University.