Patricia Townsend Meador
Endowed Fund

The Patricia Townsend Meador Endowed Fund was established by the family and friends of Patricia T. Meador, BSN 1978, to provide financial support toward lectures and awards that honor her memory and enhance the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program. Meador was very concerned with health outcomes and was committed to the honorable and ethical within the practice of law. This endowment represents the first philanthropic commitment to Patricia Townsend Meadorthe DNP program.


Patricia Townsend Meador was born in Lansing, Michigan, on June 8, 1956 and was the daughter of Eugene Field and Yvonne Townsend. She was wife of Keith G. Meador and the mother of Hannah, John and Catherine. She died in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, on September 3, 2008.


Meador received her BSN summa cum laude from Vanderbilt University in 1978 where she was chosen as President of her graduating class. She practiced intensive care nursing for one year at Jewish Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky, prior to attending law school. Meador graduated magna cum laude from Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville in 1982. She also earned her MPH with honors from the University of North Carolina in 1989.


Meador started her practice of law with Harris, Cheshire, Leager and Southern in Raleigh, North Carolina, representing hospitals in health care litigation. She went on to serve as medical center legal counsel for Duke University until moving to Nashville in 1988 where she joined Bass, Berry & Sims PLC. She became partner with Bass, Berry & Sims and practiced in Nashville until 1995, when she and her family returned to North Carolina. Meador was partner with Kennedy Covington Lobdell & Hickman, LLP, serving in the leadership of Kennedy Covington until its merger with K&L Gates where she was partner and gave leadership to the Health Care Practice Group at the time of her death.

Clients, colleagues, friends and family of Meador all recognized and appreciated her extraordinary intellect, her good sense of humor, and her tremendous talent for relating to others. She represented a broad spectrum of healthcare clients, with a focus on healthcare regulatory, compliance and operational matters. She advised hospitals and health systems, academic medical centers, financial institutions, pharmaceutical companies, multi- and single-specialty physician groups and other ancillary healthcare providers. Meador’s talents allowed her to take very complicated legal concepts and explain them in a manner that clients and fellow lawyers could understand. She also was able to facilitate positive working relationships between government regulators and healthcare lawyers.


Although Meador is remembered by many as a very talented attorney, her primary focus was on her family. She was a wonderful wife to her husband of almost 30 years, Keith, and mother to their three children. One of her favorite pastimes was watching her children in their athletic and academic endeavors, always cheering them on and showing the deep pride she had in each of them. Patricia Meador also fostered the many close friendships she had over the years, and lived a life grounded in her faith with an abiding commitment to excellence, integrity and service to others.

Barb Safriet, JD, LLM
Barbara J. Safriet, JD, LLM
Retired Associate Dean,
Yale School of Law

Barbara J. Safriet served as associate dean and lecturer in law at Yale University where she taught seminars on health law and policy and the regulation of health care providers. She has served as consultant and presenter to a vast number of foundations and organizations including the Rockefeller Foundation, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the Association of Academic Health Centers, the U.S. Public Health Service, and the Office of Technology Assessment of the U.S. Congress.

Prior to 1988, Safriet was professor at Lewis & Clark Law School where she taught administrative, constitutional and health law. She earned her juris doctor degree with honors from the University of Maryland and a master of laws degree from Yale.
Safriet has published and lectured extensively on topics of administrative and constitutional law, issues of health care professionals’ licensure and regulation, and health care workforce problems. Currently she is the visiting professor of law at Lewis & Clark.