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Sister Thérèse Marie Dougherty

It is a great honor, as well as a formidable task, to present to you our second honoree of this evening, Sister Thérèse Marie Dougherty. Professor Dougherty earned her BA degree at the College of Notre Dame of Maryland and then moved on to the Catholic University of America in DC to earn an MA and PhD degrees in Greek and Latin, with a doctoral dissertation on the fascinating text of St. John Fisher, De veritate corporis et sanguinis Christi in Eucharistia (1527). Sister Thérèse returned to her Alma Mater first as a Lecturer in Classics in 1967, where she climbed the cursus honorum of the professoriate to reach the level of Professor of Classics and History at the College. For the past fortysix years, Sister Thérèse has exemplified the breadth and depth of our profession and what we Classicists study: she has selflessly and masterfully maintained and kept the Classics curriculum alive at the College of Notre Dame by teaching a plethora of courses in the field of Classics and beyond: all levels of the Greek and Latin language and literature, Classical Mythology, The Making and Meaning of Words, Scientific and Specialized Terminology, Greek Thought and Culture, Roman Thought and Culture, Women in the Ancient World, Classical Archaeology, Classical Tradition, Turkish Thought and Culture, Early Europe, From Homer to Star Wars, and Language and Intercultural Communication for Changing Populations. And in case you wonder, yes, Classics at Notre Dame is thriving in the capable hands of Sister Thérèse: her classes have a range of enrollment as wide as the breadth of the topics that I have just mentioned, from two to two hundred undergraduates, from the traditional undergraduate students, just like you, to adults and even seniors! It is no wonder, if I may add, that Sister Thérèse has adapted her teaching methods over time to include the latest classroom technology, such as on-line teaching. To be sure, Sister Thérèse likes to dedicate her time to the service of her College under various capacities: professors are asked to serve on committees that require much time, effort, and patience to ensure the smooth operation of a College or University. Sister Thérèse has given amply of her time by serving on numerous committees. Furthermore, she has hosted Latin Day at Notre Dame for decades and has led several trips abroad that have enriched the lives of both her students and also of many secondary-level teachers who have participated in her numerous National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminars in Italy. Year after year, Sister Thérèse leads these groups to the discovery of the Ancient World, and if I may add a personal note, I have had the pleasure of meeting Sister Thérèse with her group one day in the Forum Romanum, in front of the Temple of Julius Caesar! For those of us involved with Eta Sigma Phi, Sister Thérèse is the person sine qua non, without exaggeration. She has been an adviser of the Beta Kappa Chapter since 1968, the very Chapter in which she was inducted in 1963. From 1988 until by Antonios Augoustakis It is a great honor, as well as a formidable task, to present to you our second honoree of this evening, Sister Thérèse Marie Dougherty. Professor Dougherty earned her BA degree at the College of Notre Dame of Maryland and then moved on to the Catholic University of America in DC to earn an MA and PhD degrees in Greek and Latin, with a doctoral dissertation on the fascinating text of St. John Fisher, De veritate corporis et sanguinis Christi in Eucharistia (1527). Sister Thérèse returned to her Alma Mater first as a Lecturer in Classics in 1967, where she climbed the cursus honorum of the professoriate to reach the level of Professor of Classics and History at the College. For the past fortysix years, Sister Thérèse has exemplified the breadth and depth of our profession and what we Classicists study: she has selflessly and masterfully maintained and kept the Classics curriculum alive at the College of Notre Dame by teaching a plethora of courses in the field of Classics and beyond: all levels of the Greek and Latin language and literature, Classical Mythology, The Making and Meaning of Words, Scientific and Specialized Terminology, Greek Thought and Culture, Roman Thought and Culture, Women in the Ancient World, Classical Archaeology, Classical Tradition, Turkish Thought and Culture, Early Europe, From Homer to Star Wars, and Language and Intercultural Communication for Changing Populations. And in case you wonder, yes, Classics at Notre Dame is thriving in the capable hands of Sister Thérèse: her classes have a range of enrollment as wide as the breadth of the topics that I have just mentioned, from two to two hundred undergraduates, from the traditional undergraduate students, just like you, to adults and even seniors! It is no wonder, if I may add, that Sister Thérèse has adapted her teaching methods over time to include the latest classroom technology, such as on-line teaching. To be sure, Sister Thérèse likes to dedicate her time to the service of her College under various capacities: professors are asked to serve on committees that require much time, effort, and patience to ensure the smooth operation of a College or 2012 she served as Member of the Board of Trustees, and she chaired the Board for nine years from 1997 to 2006. Sister Thérèse is behind the ESPh tradition of opening night certamen, a tradition that began in 1987 at the meeting at the University of Indiana in Terre Haute. And this is not the only tradition that Sister Thérèse initiated: from 1969 to 2003 she organized the Annual Latin Day for Maryland High School Students, and from the start, these Latin Days have included certamina, which then became the JCL national and local certamina (and some of you have probably participated in them!). But Sister Thérèse has also abundantly assisted Beta Kappa chapter as well, a chapter that has now hosted the annual Convention thrice (1962, 1981, and 1988): from 1998–2005, Sister Thérèse spearheaded the coffee and bagel sale for Weekend College Students every Saturday morning from 6:30 a.m. to noon, combining service to Weekend Students with fundraising for Eta Sigma Phi. For all her accomplishments, Sister Thérèse has been often honored at the College, State, and National levels. In 2007, she received the College of Notre Dame of Maryland President’s Medal, while in 2003, she was honored with the distinguished American Philological Association Excellence in Teaching Award. To repeat what was said of Sister Thérèse then, “I stand in utter awe of her talents and dedication.” We do, Sister Thérèse, tonight stand in awe and admiration. On behalf of our Society we would like to offer you this small token, thus expressing our appreciation for what you have done for Classics and especially Eta Sigma Phi in the past fifty years.

by Antonios Augoustakis

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