Madeleva, Sister Mary

Madeleva, Sister Mary (b. Mary Evaline Wolff)

(1887–1964) poet, educator; born in Cumberland, Wis. Joining the Sisters of the Holy Cross (1908), she earned a doctorate in English from the University of Southern California at Los Angeles (1925) and was president of St. Mary's College (Notre Dame, Ind.) (1934–61). A medieval scholar, she won distinction for her literary essays and poetry.
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