Pat Gaunce

2002 Reasons to Believe Alumni Honor Roll

Pat Guance Portrait

Wyandotte High School – Class of 1952

The easiest way to describe the accomplishments of Pat Gaunce might be to list what she hasn’t done or been involved with in Kansas City, Kan. She has served on the boards of more than 32 state and local organizations, is a member of more than 20 professional and community groups, and has received more than a dozen civic awards in her lifetime.

Pat graduated in 1952 from Wyandotte High School, married her high school sweetheart, Gary, had three children, and immersed herself in running libraries and building community. Today, she is manager of West Wyandotte Library and F.L. Schlagle Library, and also serves as the community relations coordinator for the Kansas City, Kansas Public Library System. Pat’s involvement with libraries extends beyond management – she was instrumental in the planning and opening of both West Wyandotte Library in 1986 and F.L. Schlagle Library in 2001.

Pat credits two forces for giving her reasons to believe: her family and the power of books. So many of her early lessons about life came from her older siblings, who readily shared their love of reading with Pat. Because reading was such an important part of her childhood, she started a tradition with her own family called “Spoiler Days.” On Spoiler Days, she and her six grandchildren shop for special gifts together and a new book is always included.