Monday, March 18, 2013

The 2013 Jubilarians

Jubilarian Sister Daniel Therese Flynn '60 with a beaming student
at Doheny graduation. Picture is probably from 2003.

IT'S ST. JOSEPH WEEK, the annual event honoring the patron saint of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet and a time when we honor all the CSJs with strong ties to the College, especially those Sisters celebrating their anniversaries in the Order. They all continue to provide remarkable service long after ordinary people would be thinking about retirement. Here are some thumbnail sketches of the 2013 honorees from the archives of the CSJ Los Angeles Province and MSMC.

70 Years

Sister Monica Anne, RIP
  • Sr. Monica Anne Waldman. Supervisor of Student Dining Rooms 1950s and 1960s. She enjoyed working with and helping the Mount students. She passed away in November. 
  • Sr. Loretta Anne Bellue – Worked on both campuses in the 1980s and early '90s in the bookstore and was available as a driver to the sisters needing transportation.

60 Years

  • Sr. Teresa Avalos – After 25 years of ministry in Peru, she came to the Mount on sabbatical in 1988 and worked there in the late 1980s.
  • Sr. Daniel Therese Flynn '60  A Mount grad, she has been on the SPR faculty since 2000 as a writing and reading instructor at the Doheny Learning Resource Center. She currently serves as the COSA Chairperson.
  • Sr. Patricia Foster M'87 – A master's grad, Sister worked at the College from 1993 to 2004 as an administrative assistant in different departments. 
  • Sr. Kathleen Kelly '59  – This Mount graduate has held numerous roles including Vice President of the Doheny Campus and Dean of the Associate of Arts program.
  • Sr. Rose Leonard Stevling – After teaching at Doheny, Sister served as director of the Doheny Liberal Arts Program and director of Doheny Advisement Center in the 1980s.
  • Sr. Patricia Supple – Founder and director of the Chalon Library Media Center in the 1970s, Senior Board advisor and Carondelet Hall resident advisor.
Jubilarian Sister Patricia Supple, center, was advisor to the Senior Board
in 1979. She went by Sister Michael Patrick in those days.
Photo from Mount Archives Collection online,

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Chalon athletic field

Mark Daniels' master plan for the Mount in the late 1920s
incorporated a playing field just above Chalon Road.
THE SUBJECT OF SPORTS at the Mount comes up frequently, among other reasons because it is an obvious draw for high school seniors hunting for a college. Both campuses face limits on space, of course -- Doheny because it is surrounded by Downtown Los Angeles, and Chalon because it sits on a mountain.

The original master plan for the College, drawn up in 1927-28 by architect Mark Daniels, included a number of open spaces in spite of the limited amount of flat ground. A sketch of the plan, above, shows a large, round athletic field on the lowest piece of real estate on campus just off of Chalon Road.

Tillie Clem '37 fences
in the Circle in the '30s
Like much of the original plan it wasn't built, as expenses were drastically cut during the Great Depression  and Chalon's challenging terrain presented unforeseen difficulties. Twenty-five years later the CSJs broke ground for their House of Studies on the site of the proposed field.

That didn't mean that athletics weren't an important part of student life, however. For one thing, two years of physical education was a requirement for most college students until the 1970s. The Mount also offered Phys Ed as a major subject off and on until the 1960s. Archery and fencing were popular sports in the 1930s (and didn't require a lot of space), and after the pool went in in 1949 the college fronted competitive water ballet and swim teams. And there were plenty of other sports. The 1959-60 catalog lists the following lower-division P.E. activities: horseback riding, archery, dance, badminton, swimming, basketball, lifesaving/water safety, body mechanics, tennis, bowling, volleyball and golf.

In spite of its lack of a big gymnasium and other athletic facilities, Mount students had plenty of opportunities for sports. Maybe all it took was the willingness and interest by students to get involved. And those old state requirements sure didn't hurt!

Mount archers in their P.E. bloomers prepare to let fly. The location,
ca. 1936, is looking east, probably near where Rossiter Hall is now. 

Monday, March 4, 2013

The Mount campus, 1931

Mount St. Mary's College in 1931. Picture was taken from about where the tennis courts are now.
WE LOVE TO POST PICTURES OF BRADY HALL in the olden days, especially when it was the sole building comprising Mount St. Mary's College, 1930-1939. Here is an interesting angle that nowadays is hidden by Mary Chapel. Where once there was an expansive lawn is now just a small cloister-style courtyard.

Here are some other blog posts with Brady pictures: