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.