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Patricia Roberts Harris (May 31, 1924 - March 23, 1985) served as United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, the last United States Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare and the first United States Secretary of Health and Human Services in the administration of President Jimmy Carter.

She was the first African American woman to serve as a United States Ambassador, representing the U.S. in Luxembourg under President Lyndon B. Johnson, and the first to enter the line of succession to the Presidency.

In 1982, Patricia Harris was appointed a full-time professor at the George Washington National Law Center, a position she served in until her death from cancer on March 23, 1985, at the age of 60. She is interred at Rock Creek Cemetery in Washington, D.C.

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