Saying goodbye to oldest living alumna

Sister Veronica Gorman

Mount Mercy’s oldest living alumna, Sister Veronica Gorman, RSM, passed away on January 20, 2012, at age 101. Services were held at Sacred Heart Convent Chapel, by the Rev. Gerald Condon.

A 1931 graduate of Mount Mercy Junior College, she was a muchloved member of the Mount Mercy family and served as Mount Mercy’s dean of students for 11 years. During her last visit to campus for Homecoming 2011, she attended the dedication of the University Center and witnessed a new chapter for Mount Mercy— the institution she had watched grow from a junior college to a baccalaureate college, and finally to a university in 2010.

Sister Veronica was born May 30, 1910, and graduated from Sacred Heart High School in Oelwein, Iowa. After attending Mount Mercy Junior College, she entered the Sisters of Mercy Cedar Rapids Community in1931. She professed her final vows as a Sister of Mercy on June 21, 1936, and went on to receive a Bachelor of Arts degree from Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa. She then dedicated the next 30 years to teaching, after which she began her career at Mount Mercy overseeing student life. In 1983, she ministered at the Mercy Spirituality Center in Cedar Rapids until she retired in 1986. During her retirement, Sister Veronica volunteered at Sacred Heart Convent and Mercy Medical Centerin Cedar Rapids. She moved to Mercy Hallmar Care Center in 2007, and last year celebrated 80 years as a Sister of Mercy.

“Sr. Veronica was a deeply supportive and encouraging member of the community, and believed in creating a Mercy education that was meaningful and relevant to all students, in all stages.” — Sr. Shari Sutherland, Executive Director for Mission and Ministry