Pat Woodrum was born in 1941 in Hutchinson, Kansas. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Pittsburg State Teacher’s College in Kansas and a master’s degree in library science from the University of Oklahoma.
She began working at the Parsons Public Library in Parsons, Kansas when she was 15. Immediately upon graduation from OU, Woodrum began as a branch librarian for the Tulsa City-County Library System. After serving in nearly every area there, she became Executive Director of the Tulsa City-County Library System in 1976, where she served for 32 years.
Throughout her career, Woodrum was active in OLA and ALA activities, serving as President of OLA. She served as State Chairman and delegate to the First White House Conference on Libraries, LSCA Advisory Council, Board of Regents Library Advisory Committee, Chairman of the OU Library School Advisory Committee, and founder of the Tulsa Area Library Cooperative. She has written many articles on libraries and helped establish Tulsa’s Day Center for the Homeless. Woodrum was appointed to the first board of the University Center of Tulsa. She continued on the board through its various name changes for 17 years. She served on the site selection committee and buildings committee for what is now the OSU/Tulsa campus.
Woodrum was inducted in the Oklahoma Women’s Hall of Fame in 1993. She has also received the OLA Distinguished Service Award, OLA Special Meritorious Service Award, OU Library School Outstanding Alumnus, Tulsa City-County Hall of Fame, Tulsa Press Club’s Headliner Award, Women in Communications Newsmaker Award, and Leadership Tulsa’s Paragon Award.
After retiring from the library system, Woodrum graduated from the OSU Master Gardener Program; she currently serves as executive director of the Oklahoma Centennial Botanical Garden in Tulsa.
She is married to Clayton Woodrum; they have one son, Clayton II, and two grandsons, Clayton III and Taylor.
(Bio current as of 2008)