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Obituary: Sister Marian Bernard Monahan, IHM

Sister Marian Bernard Monahan, IHM, 82, associate professor of biology at Immaculata University, died on Sunday, October 26, of a stroke. Sister was born in Centralia, PA.
Sister Marian Monahan, a member of the faculty at Immaculata University since 1972, taught biology and related courses. Sister recently served as an academic advisor to students who are undecided about their majors.
During her 37 years of service to Immaculata, Sister served on the Middle States Committee on Instructional Resources and Equipment, the Teacher Education Committee, the Advisement Committee for the Health Professions, the Admission, Scholarships and Financial Aid Committee, the Enrollment Management Committee, the Campus Review Committee, Women in Sports Committee, Student Affairs Committee, the Library and the Middle States Committee on Learning Resources, and the Lindback Selection Committee. Sister also served as academic advisor to freshmen and seniors who were biology, biology-chemistry, biology-psychology and pre-medicine majors.
An educator with experience at all levels of her profession, Sister participated in several grants including two from the National Science Foundation: Ethical Issues and the Life Science – University of Maryland and Chronobiology – Pennsylvania State University. Additional grants included the Application of Statistical Methods to Experimental Data from the American Chemical Society at Villanova University and a grant from the Lilly Foundation on Biological Basis of Behavior – University of Pennsylvania.
Sister Marian held memberships in the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Genetics Association, the National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions, Mid-Atlantic Association of College Biologists, and the Delaware Valley Faculty Exchange.
Sister entered the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in 1954. Prior to joining the Immaculata University faculty in 1972, Sister taught at Villa Maria Academy in Malvern, Pa, St. Alice´s School in Upper Darby, Pa, and St. William´s School in Philadelphia.
Sister Marian received her bachelor´s degree in Biology from Immaculata College and her M.S. degree in Biology from Villanova University.
Several years ago, Sister Marian wrote about her philosophy of teaching, "…I am ever conscious of the need for high standards of ethics and value judgments that will equip the students to make truly Christian contributions to their discipline and to society in general. The need of science and society for persons with Christian values has never been greater."
"Sr. Marian Monahan was a mentor in the truest sense of the word. She not only firmly guided her students towards what is best and most noble, but exemplified this with her life," commented Bernadette Thomas, MD, class of 2001.
Sister Marian, daughter of the late Bernard and Mary Monaghan, is survived by a brother, James J. Monaghan. She is also survived by two nephews, a niece, and a grandnephew.
She was an avid supporter of the Mighty Macs, enjoyed reading, and was a sports enthusiast.
A viewing will be held on Wednesday, October 29, from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Camilla Hall. A viewing will be held from 8:30-10:15 a.m. on Thursday morning, October 30, at Camilla Hall followed by a Mass of Christian Burial which will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Contributions may be made to Camilla Hall, Immaculata, PA 19345.
Funeral arrangements are being made through DellaVecchia, Reilly, and Smith Funeral Home of West Chester.
Immaculata University, a Catholic, comprehensive, coeducational institution, is located 20 miles west of Philadelphia, south of the intersection of routes 30 and 352, between Paoli and Exton.

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