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A Century of Saints

Sister Katharine McCarthy


Sister Katherine McCarthySister Katharine McCarthy, along with Mother Agnes Somers, was largely responsible for the founding of the College and for its evolution to a four-year institution. She received her bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Minnesota and her master's from Columbia University. She was sent to study at Catholic University in Washington, D.C. shortly after it began admitting women and became the first woman to earn a Ph.D. from the institution. Returning to Duluth, she taught psychology in the College for over 30 years, serving as dean and in various other administrative positions as well. She died in 1951.


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