Enduring Legacy: Pat Rudolph's Impact Seen Today

Pat Rudolph, or "Mother Cardiff" as she was known, was an extraordinary woman, community activist, and leader.

Submitted by the Cardiff by the Sea Town Council

Pat Rudolph, or "Mother Cardiff" as she was known, was an extraordinary woman, community activist, and leader. She dedicated herself to her community and loved it as if it were her child, and she was passionate about helping those in need and fighting injustice and intolerance. Although she passed away in 2000, her legacyis giving birth to opportunity and academic excellence at MiraCosta College today.

Following high school Rudolph traveled the world as a stewardess, and then later as a Special Events Director, for United Airlines. After a lifetime of working around the world, she found a "home" in Cardiff-by-the-Sea.

Among many of her contributions to her community, she adopted the nearby MiraCosta College's San Elijo campus as it was being established. She served on the college's advisory board for many years and it was during that time that she developed her devotion to hard-working responsible students who could benefit from what she called a "hand-up" not a handout.

Rudolph decided to make provisions in her estate plans for MiraCosta College. She knew that by doing so she was creating a legacy that expressed her strong belief in the power of education to both transform the lives of individuals and strengthen her community. Today, the Patricia and Mark Rudolph Scholarship Endowment funds scholarships for nearly 25 deserving students each year.

Pat started the Cardiff by the Sea Town Council almost 30 years ago.  She also is the one that thought up the "Piece of the Walk" project on Birmingham.  There was no sidewalk on Birmingham and the city would not build one so Pat convinced the city to go along with her idea of people paying $15 for a square of concrete that they could put their name on (or whatever they wanted).  Then she hounded everyone she could find to pay the $15 and finally we had a sidewalk on Birmingham.  

Also, the "boat" at the corner of 101 and Chesterfield is pure Pat.  She saw the boat in the backyard of a Cardiff restaurant, talked to the owner, bought the boat and then had it trucked over to that corner.  She then had the sign built and installed behind the boat.  All of this at her own expense.  She was truly an extraordinary woman!

Mike Andreen February 09, 2013 at 04:21 PM
Kudos to the Cardiff Town Council for remembering Pat in this manner! Pat Rudolph proved the maxim that a single determined individual CAN make a difference in life.
Arnold Fernandes February 09, 2013 at 05:56 PM
It was a great honor and pleasure serving with Pat on the Cardiff Town Council. Arnold Fernandes
Jay Berman February 09, 2013 at 07:14 PM
I love it here in Cardiff by the Sea ... great community ... and we have a KOOK !
patrick oconnor February 09, 2013 at 07:55 PM
Pat loved Cardiff and the local feel of the small Beach town. We both lived in Manhattan Beach prior to Cardiff. She knew that I was a builder in Manhattan and warned me not to replicate all that in Cardiff We became friends, and felt the same about community personality and were tight on limits. BTW she would have signed the as I did on public participation on development issues.
patrick oconnor February 09, 2013 at 08:26 PM
Sorry I left out the word initiative in the post above. IMHO thee council plays on tunnel vision and misses the edge in burdens and plays the benefits way up in staff reporting and probability studies. Re: the Hall property saga. Pat Rudolph your missed.
Edgar Engert February 10, 2013 at 03:04 AM
Pat, you made me feel very special, You gave me the Hero Award at City Council meeting for cleaning up down town Enicinitas, planting palm trees and cleaning up the sidewalk . I do miss,you, Mr. Encinitas Edgar Engert
Ken Harrison February 16, 2013 at 07:36 AM
Unfortunately local history gets a little skewed over the decades. Pat Rudolph founded the Cardiff Town Council, but she did not start the "Own A Piece of The Walk" sIdewalk project. It was thought up by CTC board member Jackie Barker. Then fellow CTC board member Cindi Townsend & I - I can't remember which one of us was President at the time - put it together, and stated the project. But Pat was instrumental in almost everything else great about Cardiff in the 1970s - 1990s!!!!! Including leading the charge to save The Walk decades later when the city wanted to rip it up to build wheelchair ramps.


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