Sister Jean Lenz 1930-2012

The University of St. Francis community mourned the loss of a dedicated alumna, friend and colleague Jan. 21 with the passing of Sister Jean Lenz.

“Sister Lenz was a treasured member of our Board of Trustees for over 30 years and a member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Mary Immaculate in Joliet for 60 years,” said USF President Michael Vinciguerra. “She will be deeply missed by all of us.”

Lenz, 81, earned her bachelor’s degree from USF in 1952 and completed a master’s degree in theology at University of Notre Dame. She worked at Joliet Catholic Academy and taught theology at USF for several years before becoming the first female director of Farley Hall and a part-time teacher at Notre Dame—shortly after the university became co-educational.

Lenz was named as assistant vice president for student affairs at Notre Dame in 1984, and assistant vice president for academic affairs in 2002. She retired in 2009.

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