Biographical SketchPatricia K. Fehl, a native of Cincinnati, Ohio, was born May 29, 1927. While she grew up as a Buckeye in Cincinnati and later became a Hoosier in Bloomington, it did not take long after her arrival in Morgantown to become a Mountaineer.
Fehl received her Bachelor of Science degree at Depauw University in 1949. Later she received both her Master of Science in 1955 and Doctorate in 1966 from Indiana University. Her teaching career began at the Laboratory School at Indiana University. Ten years later she moved to the University of Cincinnati where she served with distinction. In 1973, Fehl came to WVU to chair its Department of General Physical Education. Throughout her career, she was known as an excellent teacher, coach, cheerleading sponsor, and athletic official. Furthermore, Fehl was honored for her scholarship as a member of Delta Kappa Gamma, Phi Delta Kappa, and Pi Lambda Theta - all educational honoraries.
Fehl's most significant contribution to the profession was her professional leadership. She served as President of the American Association for Leisure and Recreation; the Midwest District Health, Physical Education, and Recreation Association; and the West Virginia and Ohio Parks and Recreation Associations as well as Vice President of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, and Recreation; and the West Virginia Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. In recognition of her involvement, Fehl was the recipient of Honor and Merit Awards from the American Association for Leisure, American Alliance, Midwest District, and West Virginia and Ohio Health, Physical Education, and Recreation organizations.
During her tenure, Fehl implemented the Lifetime Activities Program and the College's Basic Instruction Program. She retired in 1989 and returned to her native Cincinnati home where she continued to provide service to national, district, and state professional organizations. She received the Midwest District American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance Honor Award in recognition of her service to the professional organization.
Fehl passed away July 10, 2012. In July of 2013, the College received the largest donation ever, approximately $3.4 million from Fehl's estate. This generous donation from Fehl's estate will provide scholarships for CPASS undergraduate students and funding for the new CPASS facility. Fehl will long be remembered for the contribution she made to the School of Physical Education and the friends she made in Morgantown.