Former Oklahoma City Mayor Patience Latting dies at age 94
BY BRYAN DEAN and STEVE LACKMEYER NewsOK.com
Monday, December 31, 2012
OKLAHOMA CITY - Former Oklahoma City Mayor Patience Latting, who led the city from 1971 to 1983 and was the first woman elected mayor of a U.S. city with more than 350,000 residents, died Saturday at the age of 94.
Friends and peers remembered Latting on Sunday as the moral compass that guided the city long after she left politics.
Fran Cory worked as the executive secretary for five Oklahoma City mayors starting with Latting. She said Latting was a reformer who established a mindset toward city government that her successors have had to live up to.
“She wanted accountability in government,” Cory said. “It was the taxpayer's dollar, and she wanted to be able to account for that with the citizens. It went from the good old boys to the good old rules.”
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In this April 13, 1971 photo, Patience Latting takes the oath of office in the City Council chambers as she becomes the first woman mayor in the history of Oklahoma City. JIM ARGO/NewsOK.com