Sister Claude Marie Faust, CCVI, Professor Emeritus of Mathematics

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Josephine Faust’s family history dates back to the time of the Congregation founder, Bishop Claude Marie Dubuis, whose name she was given when she joined the Congregation in 1942. Rev. Claude Marie Dubuis, parish priest in Castroville who later became the Bishop of Texas and founder of the Congregation of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word. When Dubuis was transferred from Castroville, his rectory built in 1847 was purchased by Sister Claude Marie's great grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Kempf, and later became the birthplace of her mother, Josephine Burg.

From the time of her childhood was associated with the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word. Under their direction, she completed her elementary education at St. Cecilia's School and her secondary education at Incarnate Word High School. In 1932, she earned her baccalaureate degree at the University of the Incarnate Word. Sister earned a Master of Arts degree in education at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., a second master's degree in mathematics at Marquette University, and the Ph.D. in mathematics at the University of Notre Dame. She did postgraduate study at Syracuse University and the University of Colorado.

In addition to teaching courses on both the undergraduate and graduate levels, she organized and directed in-service training courses in mathematics for elementary and high school teachers in San Antonio under the sponsorship of the National Science Foundation. She also held administrative positions in the Academic Dean's Office, the Registrar's Office, the Alumnae Office, and the Personnel Office.. In recognition of her academic achievements, Sister was awarded membership in the national honor societies of Alpha Lambda Delta, Alpha Chi, and the Wisconsin Alpha Chapter of Pi Mu Epsilon.

In 1967, she was named Piper Professor of the Year in San Antonio, and in 1992 was given the honor of Professor Emerita at The University of the Incarnate Word. In appreciation of her excellent teaching, her former students made it possible to name a classroom in her honor in the recently renovated and expanded Science Hall on the University campus.

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