Sr. Monica Kevin: Distinguished Professor at Fordham University

Sr. Monica Kevin received a Bene Merenti Medal acknowledging forty years of service on the Fordham faculty where she also received both her Phd and undergraduate degrees. A native of Tipperary, she entered the Ursuline Sisters of Tildonk at Blue Point in 1937. That same year she enrolled in Fordham’s Undergraduate School of Education. After receiving a B.S. (Magna cum laude) with a major in mathematics, she taught for a number of years in the Brooklyn, NY and Hartford, CT Dioceses. She resumed her graduate studies at Fordham in 1960 and received
a Ph.D in Biology in 1964.

After three years on the faculty at St. John’s University, Sr. Monica returned to Fordham’s Biology department where she spent the next twenty years as a researcher, teacher, and mentor to doctoral students, directing the Pre-Med/Health Program, and serving on almost every College and University Committee. She was elected to the Faculty Senate and served as President from 1977-1980. An avid Fordham Basketball fan, Sr. Monica served for many years on the Athletic Advisory Board and was the the first woman to serve on that committee. She served on the Fordham Chapter of Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society, and her volunteered at the Malcolm King College in Harlem.

In 1986, Sr. Monica Kevin became Dean of the newly centralized Summer session which she organized and administered for twelve years. After her retirement, she has worked as a liaison and counselor to the Retired Faculty. Because of her teaching, research and service, Fordham proudly presented her the 40 year Bene Merenti Medal.