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A Profound Influence, Cathy Civello '65

Mother Dolores Marie Ramsey had a profound influence on my life. I can only speak for the girls who were students during the first half of the '60s (the Jackie Kennedy years), but hers was the first voice we heard in the morning on the announcements and the last voice we heard on Class Day as she called out our names for graduation. One day, MDM (as we fondly and respectfully called her) urged us to do community service during the upcoming summer: "I'm not raising a bunch of hothouse violets here." This inspired me to organize a group of several Ursuline and Jesuit students to drive to St. Mary of Carmel School every day during the hot Dallas summer to tutor little kids in reading and math. You might say she gave me my start as an administrator that summer! When I returned in the '90s to teach at Ursuline, I was so grateful that I had the chance to tell then-Sister Dolores Marie about the significant effect she had on my life and the place that she will always occupy in my heart.