Recipient Profile

1958 Mother Xavier Award Recipient

1958 Mother Xavier Award Recipient

Isabel graduated summa cum laude with a Chemistry Major; she went on to receive an M.A. in this same subject from Columbia University.

"The Catholic college alumna," she once said, "has a duty that lies beyond mere lip service to the ideals of her education, and that duty lies in activity, in learning, and in training others."

Isabel's life is a testament to how seriously she took her own admonition. She worked in the research department of Bristol Myers, and became Assistant Research Director, the first woman to hold that position in that firm. In 1941 she was governor of the International Federation of Catholic Alumnae in New Jersey.

During World War II she served on the boards of directors of six important service committees involved with war-bond sales, recruiting, Red Cross, and other war-related activities. In 1943 Isabel gave the Commencement Address at CSE. Isabel served two terms (1944-48) as President of à Kempis of New Jersey. Isabel served as President of the Alumnae Association from 1946-50. She was honored in 1954 with the Cross "Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice." In 1955 she was appointed Newark Archdiocesan President of the National Council of Catholic Women. She was for one year the National Chairperson of the Women's Division of the National Conference of Christians and Jews.

Isabel received the Mother Xavier Award in 1958. She died on September 14, 1969.