PEACE: Peace community loses friend to all

Photo by Donna JohnsonPat Huhn was a regular at annual Tax Day protests outside the downtown Colorado Springs Post Office.

Photo by Donna Johnson
Pat Huhn was a regular at annual Tax Day protests outside the downtown Colorado Springs Post Office.

Genie Durland

Longtime Colorado Springs activist Pat Huhn passed away Dec. 29 from complications of congestive heart failure while visiting family in Florida. She was 79.

Huhn devoted much of her time to community service. She co-chaired the Colorado Springs Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union and served on the Pikes Peak Justice & Peace Commission board.

She wrote a column on media issues for the PPJPC newspaper, Active for Justice, and worked with the Middle East Peace Project. Her memberships included the Bijou Peace Community, Citizens for Peace in Space and Pax Christi, a Catholic peace group. She volunteered as a reading tutor for Colorado Springs public schools, and several other community organizations.

Huhn also served as mayor of Cokedale, Colo., and started a soup kitchen for homeless people and safe house for abused women and children in in Trinidad, Colo.

In recognition of her many services, in 1998 she was awarded the State of Colorado Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian Award.

She was born Patricia Joan Huhn to George A. Huhn III and Mary Walsh Kennedy on March 22, 1933 in Philadelphia. Her academic career included studies at St. Philomena Roman Catholic School in Lansdowne, Penn.; a private academy at Frackville, Penn. and Marywood University in Scranton, Penn., where she earned a masters degree.

She joined the Order of Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and served them as a teacher. After 29 years, she left the convent to continue her teaching career and ministry of service to the poor in lay community.

An educator at both the high school and college levels, her career took her to Wisconsin, Idaho and Arizona, where she was principal of the Mennonite Mission School at the Hopi Reservation, Second Mesa.

She moved to Trinidad, Colo. in 1991 and was employed as professor of English and journalism at Trinidad State Junior College. Her students came from around the world. Upon retirement she moved to Colorado Springs, where she continued to teach English part time at Pikes Peak Community College.

Huhn was a member of the Lamb’s Community Quaker Worship Group for 12 years while in Cokedale, and attended of Quaker and Mennonite religious groups after moving to Colorado Springs.

She was an unstinting friend to everyone she met, giving of her time and energy to anyone in need and to the many peace and justice causes she cared deeply about.

She is survived by her brother, John Michael Huhn (wife Suzanne); one nephew, John M. Huhn Jr.; three nieces, Suzanne E., Patricia J. and Tina M.; She leaves three grand nephews, John M. III, Michael and Christopher; and two grand nieces, Jill and Beverly.

A memorial gathering will take place in January, the date, time and place to be announced. Genie Durland is a member of the Bijou Community, Middle East Peace Project and former PPJPC board member.

Genie Durland is a member of the Bijou Community, Middle East Peace Project and former PPJPC board member.

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