By Loyola Student Dispatch Staff
Happy 95th Birthday, Sister Jean.
Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt, BVM, chaplain to Loyola University Chicago’s athletic teams, and a campus favorite to students, faculty and staff, recently celebrated her 95th birthday.
Sister Jean is renown for her cheerful outlook and smile, and is frequently seen greeting students on campus when she’s not cheering on the men’s basketball team.
Here is Sister Jean’s official biography:
Sister Jean was born on August 21, 1919 in San Francisco. She joined the religious order of the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary in 1937. Sister Jean earned her B.A. at Mt. St. Mary College in Los Angeles in 1949 and her M.A. at Loyola University, Los Angeles, in 1961.
After several years as a teacher at elementary schools, including St. Vincent in Chicago, St. Bernard in Los Angeles, St. Charles in North Hollywood, and as principal at St. Brendan in Los Angeles, she accepted a position at Mundelein College teaching in the Education Department. She also worked tirelessly in the role of Assistant Director of the BVM Scholasticate.
Working in dual and sometimes triple roles was common for Sister. Jean. In her long career at Mundelein she, at various times, wore the hats of Assistant Direct of the BVM Scholasticate, Assistant Dean, Director of the Summer Sessions, Associate Dean, Acting Dean, Director of Coffey Hall, Director of Academic Services, Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs, Director of the Weekend College, and Director of Academic Advising.
She remained on staff with Loyola University Chicago after the affiliation with Mundelein in 1991 as Assistant Dean and Director of the TAF Program. Sister Jean still remains active at Loyola University Chicago as the chaplain to the athletic teams.