St. Catherine community mourns loss of alumna, former trustee and staff member, Patricia Hvidston

The St. Catherine community mourns the loss of alumna, former trustee and staff member, Patricia Hvidston, pictured here with her husband, Roger A. Opp.

Patricia A. Hvidston, alumna, former board trustee and staff member, died at her home in Hovland, Minn., Tuesday morning. She was 72.

A native of Grand Forks, N.D., Hvidston earned her degree in elementary education from St. Catherine University (then College of St. Catherine) in 1967. She taught elementary education from 1967-1976, and was a former Sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet.

Hvidston served for 20 years in personal trust business development and senior banking positions as well as president of Firstar Trust Company. She was a member of St. Catherine’s board of trustees before joining the University as vice-president of development and external relations from 2000 to 2005. She led St. Catherine’s $80 million “Leadership in Mind” comprehensive campaign that concluded in June 2005.

At Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA), she served as interim senior vice president for finance and administration and as a philanthropic consultant before joining the organization as senior vice president for development and communications in 2009. She returned to philanthropic consulting in 2010 and her work included chairing the campaign to fund Carondelet Village, a shared ministry of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet and Presbyterian Homes & Services.

A committed volunteer, Pat served on the boards of the Catholic Community Foundation, YWCA and other nonprofit organizations. She received the College of St. Catherine Medal of Honor for outstanding service to the College, was named to the St. Catherine “Centennial 100,” and recognized by the YWCA and the United Way for outstanding volunteer leadership.

She is survived by her husband, Roger A. Opp. Services were held on October 21 in Our Lady of Victory Chapel on St. Catherine’s St. Paul campus.