Civic Activist Pat Dolan Killed Crossing Hillside Avenue
Civic activist Patricia (Pat) Dolan, 72 and a lifelong resident of Kew Gardens Hills, was struck and killed by a 1998 Nissan sedan as she crossed Hillside Avenue southbound at 198th Street on her way to a Community Board 8 transportation committee meeting at about 7:30 p.m. on November 15. According to police sources, she was not walking in the crosswalk when she was hit. She was taken to Jamaica Hospital by EMS and there pronounced dead. The driver of the Nissan remained at the scene and is not expected to face criminal charges.
Dolan was president of the Queens Civic Congress and the Kew Gardens Hills Civic Association and a 20-year member of Community Board 8. She helped found the Flushing Meadows Corona Park Conservancy and worked at Queens Community House, where she directed the Queens Network, a paratransit system for senior citizens.
Dolan lived with a black cat named Timothy in the same Kew Gardens Hills home where she grew up. A memorial service is scheduled for 7 p.m. November 29 at Schwartz Brothers Forest Park Chapel, 114-03 Queens Blvd. in Forest Hills.
Numerous civic figures and elected officials expressed their regret and sadness at Dolan’s death.
“Last night, the people of Queens lost a terrific and tireless leader who fought with knowledge and passion for libraries, senior citizens, parks, children, transportation safety and every other issue that affects all of us,” Queens Borough President Helen Marshall said in a statement issued Wednesday.
“She was a frequent visitor to Borough Hall, where just weeks ago, on October 20, she met with my office and library officials to try to move up the timeline for the completion of the Kew Gardens Hills Library. She also sat on our Traffic Safety Board, which met in October, and [was] the founder and President of the Flushing Meadows Corona Park Conservancy.
“Indeed, her commitment and dedication to our borough were inspiring. I had the privilege of honoring her at my Women’s History Month several years ago for her outstanding dedication to the Borough of Queens. Appropriately for Pat, the theme of the event that year was ‘Women: Builders of Communities and Dreams.’
“Pat will be greatly missed and always remembered. May she rest in peace.”