Born in Saskatoon, November 18, 1929, Pat must be considered as the greatest woman athlete in Canada. She has performed extensively in golf, basketball, swimming, tennis, track and field, and speed skating. Her first competitive venture was an under 10 swimming race which she won. She won national championships in speed skating and basketball. At the age of 18, she was the city's most valuable player while a rookie member of the U of S Huskiettes basketball team.
In 1955, she helped the Vancouver Eilers win the Canadian basketball title. In 1959, she was back in Saskatoon aiding the Adilman Aces to another Canadian championship. In golf, Pat has represented Saskatchewan in 13 Canadian championships. She has been a Saskatchewan Senior team member from 1980 to 1986. In 1984, she was ranked sixth in Canada.
Dr. Lawson spent much of her later years in coaching and administration. She served one term as president of the National Advisory for Fitness and Amateur Sport.
She is a member of the University of Saskatchewan Wall of Fame and was named to the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame in 1985.