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Obituary: Sister Mary Lalande Drumm, IHM, Professor of Education for Over 30 Years at Immaculata University

Sister Mary Lalande Drumm, IHM, professor of education at Immaculata University for over 30 years, died on Thursday, October 18, in Camilla Hall.
Sister Lalande, a founding member of the Graduate Program at Immaculata, was an outstanding leader in teacher education and provided the vision for the doctoral program to educate leaders in education such as principals, superintendents and others in administrative roles in all levels of education. On a self-evaluation form written by Sister in 1975, her dedication to her work as teacher and her approach to those who are being prepared to teach was evident through her words: "My goals in teaching include the effective preparation of teachers who will interact with children and adolescents in today´s classrooms. Stress is placed on the personal development of the teacher as well as her competence in teaching strategies. If she is to help children to develop a lifetime quest for learning and to acquire compassion and concern for others, she must first gain these characteristics herself."
While at Immaculata, Sister served as chair of the Education Department for 17 years, chair of the coordinators of the Graduate Program, and coordinator of the Educational Leadership Program. Sister was also instrumental in the formation of the Early Learning Center at the University. She also served on a variety of committees, including Academic Policy, chair of the Teacher Education Committee, Academic Personnel Committee, College Planning Committee, Enrollment Management Committee, and Academic Review Committee
Prior to joining the Immaculata University faculty in 1970, Sister Lalande taught at the elementary level for 14 years. In addition, she was Supervisor of the IHM Elementary Schools in the Philadelphia Archdiocese for 12 years.
An educator with experience at all levels of the profession, Sister served in various positions of leadership within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and beyond, including: president of the Pennsylvania Liberal Arts College for Teacher Education; a member of the executive board of PACTE (Pennsylvania Association of Colleges for Teacher Education); member of the Pennsylvania Department of Education Committee for revision of standards for the evaluation of Teacher Education Programs; served on doctoral committee at University of Pennsylvania; and gave public testimony before Professional Standards and Practices Committee on Revised Standards for Teacher Education. Sister held memberships in the following organizations: National Catholic Educational Association; American Educational Research Association; Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development; National Association of Secondary School Principals; Association for Childhood Education International; and Pi Lambda Theta, national honor society for teachers.
Sister Lalande received her bachelor´s degree in Elementary Education from Immaculata College, her M.A. from Catholic University in Speech Correction, and her Ed.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in Reading and Language. In 1990, Sister was named Professor Emerita. She moved to Camilla Hall in 2002.
According to Sister Marian William Hoben, IHM, former president of Immaculata University, "Sister Lalande was an outstanding educator, a capable administrator, and a highly esteemed religious. Her important contributions to the work of the IHM Congregation and Immaculata University cannot be measured."
Sister Lalande, the former Helen Drumm, daughter of the late Edward and Sarah Drumm, is survived by numerous nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, October 23, at Camilla Hall. Viewing will be held on Tuesday morning beginning at 8:30 a.m. – 10:15 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, coeducational institution, is located 20 miles west of Philadelphia, south of the intersection of routes 30 and 352, between Paoli and Exton.

y:word:Release: Obit – Sr. Mary LaLande Drumm #41 (10/19/07)