Patricia A. Stryker
(born 1956) is the granddaughter of Homer Stryker
, surgeon and founder of Stryker Corporation
, a medical technology
The low-profile heiress has been more active in civic life in recent years, with an interest in liberal causes. She donated $3 million to defeat a 2002 ballot initiative regarding bilingual education
. In 2004, she gave $20 million to Colorado State University
, mostly to benefit its football team.
Stryker bought Sonoma's Sommer Vineyards in 1999, which she rebuilt, replanted, and rechristened as Stryker Sonoma. It covers 32 acres (129,000 m²) in Alexander Valley
, producer of classic vinifera
In 2006, Stryker gave $500,000 to the Coalition for Progress
, a political action committee that donated heavily to support Democratic party candidates in Michigan elections.
In 2008, Stryker gave $87,500 to the Presidential Inaugural Committee for President-Elect Barack Obama.
Stryker donated $3 million to defeat a 2002 ballot initiative regarding bilingual education
Following fraud allegations in November 2007 involving Stryker Corp. overbilling for Medicare in South Dakota, Republicans called on Democratic organizations to return donations they had received from Stryker and her brother, Jon Stryker
Gang of Four
Stryker, Jared Polis