MARY E. PATTERSON
University of Houston, BA
Mary, an Aramco-brat (a nickname applied to children of employees of Aramco – Arabian American Oil Company – who were born in Saudi Arabia), graduated from Humble High School and University of Houston – Clear Lake. While a graduate student at UHCL, Mary was honored to write the introduction for "Colonial Women" for the Handbook of American Women’s History, 2nd Ed. (Howard, Angela M. and Mary Frances M. Kavenik, Eds., 2000, Sage Publications, Inc.).
While her three sons were young, Mary taught 2nd through 5th grades for Broadway Christian School, and after her three sons were grown, Mary became an adjunct instructor for Houston Community College System teaching Developmental English and Guided Studies Reading for the Developmental Studies program. Mary joined the firm in 1999 (full time) as a legal secretary, and soon after became the firm’s Office Manager and lead paralegal. Mary enjoys the diversity of the firm’s cases, and she enjoys preparing and ghostwriting briefs, the most notable of which was preparing the appeal to the NTSB regarding the Administrator vs. Decuir. The subsequent NTSB Order No. EA-5048 (2003), urged the Administrator to write in "plain English" and to reflect the actual date by which an appeal should be filed. Notwithstanding the NTSB’s request in 2003, issues regarding service and timeliness continue to plague airmen, and the NTSB continues to cite Administrator vs. Decuir, in its effort imploring the FAA to improve its system of delivery.
In her spare time, Mary enjoys reading and traveling, and running, and competing in triathlons and duathlons. Unlike Ben, however, Mary is more likely to be found at the back of the pack!