Pat Colonna Collection, 1953-2016Add to your cart.

By Rachel Motes, Catherine Keenan, Perri Hamilton

Collection Overview

Title: Pat Colonna Collection, 1953-2016Add to your cart.
Predominant Dates: 1980-1995
ID: 01/ AR073
Primary Creator: Colonna, Patricia "Pat" Lou (1939-)
Extent: 18.0 Boxes
Arrangement: This collection is arranged into three series reflecting stages of Pat Colonna's life.  Each series is further arranged by subject.
Date Acquired: 04/07/2008. More info below under Accruals.
Languages: English


Patricia Lou Colonna (November 8, 1939 -    ) is a University of North Texas (then North Texas State University) alumna.  Her collection concerns her employment as an information writer in the Office of Public Affairs and Information Services (now known as University Relations, Communications and Marketing) at UNT as well as for her time spent in the Peace Corps teaching English in Mongolia and as the business owner of Yoga Denton in Denton, Texas.

This collection contains artifacts, papers, photographs, and publications focusing on the time Pat spent in North Texas at UNT, in Mongolia with the Peace Corps, and as a business owner in Denton, Texas.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Pat Colonna was an Information writer in the Office of Public Affairs and Information Services at University of North Texas and taught English in Mongolia when serving in the Peace Corps.  She was also the owner of Yoga Denton, a business that was located in Denton, Texas.  This collection contains artifacts and photographs from her UNT employment and Mongolian travels as wells as papers and publications related to her career as an information writer, Peace Corps volunteer, and business owner.

Collection Historical Note

Patricia “Pat” Lou Colonna was born on November 8, 1939 to Henry Peter Colonna and Lenora Mildred Colonna nee Gillespie in Denison, Texas.  Several years later, on March 27, 1942, her brother, Henry “Hank” Melvin Colonna, was born.  He was killed on October 27, 1954, during the year in which Pat turned fifteen.

Most of Pat’s early education was spent within the Bells school system in Texas.   On May 28, 1953, Pat received a certificate of completion from the Bells Elementary School that granted her admission into the Bells High School.  During her time spent in high school, Pat was active in several school organizations.  In her junior year, she was elected president of her class, associate-editor of the school paper, and was given a part in her class play.  Then in her senior year, Pat was elected editor of the school yearbook [a school publication], head of the program committee, and to the student council.  On May 24, 1957, Pat Colonna graduated from Bells High School.

Pat’s post-secondary education was spent at multiple institutions; Rutherford-Metropolitan School of Business in Dallas, Texas (June 10, 1057 to January 6, 1958), Austin College in Sherman, Texas (September 7, 1960 to Summer 1961), Rider College in Trenton, New Jersey (January 29, 1962 to Spring 1968), and North Texas State University (August 24, 1977 to 1981)

While enrolled in night classes at Rider College in Trenton, Patricia “Pat” Colonna became engaged to Kenneth “Ken” L. Fake.  They were married on November 1, 1963 by the Reverend Thomas E. Carney in the Rectory of the Holy Angels Church in New Jersey.  During their time spent married, Pat and Ken had two sons; Gregory Leverne Fake (born July 21, 1964) and Mark Colonna Fake (born May 27, 1967).  The exact date is unknown but it is assumed that by some point prior to 1971, Pat became divorced from Ken and moved back to Texas.

When Pat moved back to north Texas, she was employed at first with the Denton Record Chronicle and then at the North Texas State University (1972-1974) as an Information Writer within the Office of Public Affairs and Information Services.  After a several year break in which Pat did freelance work, she was re-employed by the University of North Texas (1977-1987) once more as an information writer within the same office.  During this time, Pat did publicity for the School of Music, drama, art, Fine Arts Series, and Union programs as well as serving as an associate editor of the NTSU Today magazine.  She also wrote articles for the NTSU Today magazine, The North Texan (an alumni publication), and other UNT publications.

Approximately six years after Pat left UNT, she became a member of the Peace Corps.  From June 1993 to June 1995, Pat worked in Ulan Bataar, Mongolia as an English teacher sponsored by Confederation of Mongolian Trade Unions.  During her time spent as an English teacher in Mongolia, Pat organized the English Department and trained teachers at a then new college-level institute.

Upon her return to the United States, Pat Colonna became a Denton, Texas business owner.  Her business was called Yoga Denton and she served as one of its instructors.

Subject/Index Terms

Access Information

Access Restrictions:

This collection is not restricted.

Use Restrictions:

Reproduction and publication of materials in this collection are subject to the policies of the UNT Special Collections department. Copyright restrictions may apply.

Physical Access Note:

Portions of this collection are stored off-site and require a minimum of 24 hours notice prior to use.

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Administrative Information

Repository: University of North Texas Special Collections
Accruals: 2011-011, 2016-032, 2018-049
Acquisition Source: Pat Colonna
Separated Materials: In addition to archival material, books were donated and are available through the UNT Library Catalog.
Related Materials: The Portal to Texas History, a free online gateway to Texas history materials, has scans of articles written by Pat Colonna. For more information please see
Preferred Citation: Pat Colonna Collection, University of North Texas Special Collections.
Finding Aid Revision History: An accretion was processed by Catherine Keenan on 4/24/17, with additions to Series 3, Box 11 and Series 4, Box 17. An accretion was processed by Perri Hamilton on 2018-09-11, with additions placed in Series 2 Box 3 and Series 4 Box 18.


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