Sister Mary Vincent Ralph, dean emerita of Mount Saint Mary College, Newburgh, died in the Sisters' Infirmary on Friday, July 19, 1968 after a long illness.
Born in New York City, August 30, 1896, Catherine T. Ralph, daughter of William and Catherine Murtagh Ralph, entered the Dominican Order at Mt. St. Mary, Newburgh in 1915 and served as teacher and administrator on all three levels of schooling for almost half a century. Both bachelor and master of arts degrees she received from Catholic University of America and in 1967 she was the first recipient of the honorary doctor of pedagogy degree from Mt. St. Mary College.
As a young religious, Sister Mary Vincent was teacher and principal of Thomas Edward Shields Memorial School, Washington, D.C., the first campus school of the Catholic University of America. After three years as teacher in Perth Amboy, N.J. and one year as principal and superioress at Holy Family school, New Rochelle, she returned to Newburgh where she remained until her death. She served, in turn, as prioress of the convent, member of the General Council of the congregation, director of studies, principal of the Casa San Jose (now Bishop Dunn Memorial, college campus school) and Mt. St. Mary Academy.
During her years at the Mount she co-founded its normal and training school which, under her optimistic and pedagogical guidance, became the present four-year liberal arts college, recently accredited by Middle States Association of Colleges.
At Mt. St. Mary College Sister Mary Vincent was first dean and just before her illness was assistant to the president, Sister Mary Francis McDonald. Sister Mary Vincent was a member of several long established and contemporary educational organizations having held offices in a few of them. She was a charter member and founder of the Pro Deo Association of Catholic Colleges.
A solemn Requiem Mass will be offered in the Convent Chapel on Monday at 10:00 a.m. Besides her Sister-in-law, Mrs. Vincent Ralph of 164 Glenwood Ave., Jersey City, N.J., a niece and three nephews, Sister Mary Vincent is survived by her community of Dominican Sisters, her academic colleagues and numberless students and friends in Newburgh and distant places who hold her memory in loving and grateful esteem.