Pat and Bill Eyler: a legacy of love and scholarship
Pat Eyler served on the Parents Board, a behind-the-scenes mom helping to make Mayfield the special place it was for her daughters. Her husband Bill cherished all the Mayfield traditions—Ring Night, father-daughter dinners, graduation. The devout Catholic couple put four girls through Mayfield—Suzie ’67, Libby ’70, Peggy ’74 and Terry ’80—a reflection of their strong belief in the formational importance of Catholic education.
After their daughters graduated and had families of their own, Bill and Pat enjoyed round two!
They were once again a presence at Mayfield, treasuring our traditions—including Grandparents Day this time around. Their family’s second generation included Libby's daughters, Katy Gorris ’94 and Missy Gorris ’97; Susie's daughter, Keriann Orertell ’99; and Peggy's daughters, Anne Legault Tufts ’06 and Emily Legault ’08.
It was during these joyful years with their granddaughters that Pat and Bill made provisions to remember Mayfield Senior School in their will. The couple wanted to ensure that their legacy of providing Catholic education to young women will continue into the future through the Eyler
The Eyler family’s Mayfield graduates attended Santa Clara University, the University of Notre Dame, UCLA and USC. They have gone on to successful careers in business, medicine, technology, marketing, data analysis, personal wellness, aerospace engineering and pediatrics.
Predeceased by Bill, Pat passed away in 2016. Daughter Peggy Eyler Legault ’74 said she and her family hope that each Eyler Family Scholar “will treasure how Mayfield will support not just your education, but also your spiritual and family life.”
Established in 1931, Mayfield Senior School in Pasadena, CA is a Catholic, independent, college preparatory school for young women grades 9-12. Noted for its rigorous academic program, which includes 21 Advanced Placement and Honors courses, Mayfield’s curriculum is underscored by a philosophy of educating the “whole child,” which also encourages commitment to and excellence in the arts, athletics, community service and spiritual growth. The nurturing environment at Mayfield Senior School allows each student to flourish in an atmosphere of personal attention.