Patricia Dickinson

SUMMARY: Patricia Dickinson, age 18, died August 11, 1946 after an abortion perpetrated at the Seattle home of mechanic Theo Kilmer.

According to “When Abortion was Illegal (and Deadly): Seattle’s Maternal Death Toll,” Seattle Civil Rights & Labor History Project:

Eighteen years old and living with her widowed mother and six siblings on Capitol Hill, Patricia Dickinson died in the home of Theo Kilmer, a 47-year-old mechanic who admitted that he had bought her “medical supplies” for an attempted abortion. He had called the police for help after she had collapsed but she died before she could be taken to a hospital. He was charged with manslaughter and criminal abortion, pled guilty to the latter charge, and was sentenced to five years in the state penitentiary.

The Project cites the Seattle Times from Aug. 12, 13, and 14, Sept. 17, and Oct.29, 1946.