Sister Margaret Rose Palmer, CCVI, Associate Professor Emerita of History

Born and raised in San Antonio Margaret Rose attended Incarnate Word College where she was totally outgoing and part of everything in campus life. That included playing the clarinet in the College orchestra. Always happy and outgoing, her family history and her own experience made her an expert on San Antonio and Texas history which she captured in her college major and future teaching career.

After graduation with her BA in history in 1945 she joined the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word and received the name Bonaventure which was appropriate enough. She had many teaching assignments on all levels in several states before joining the College faculty from which she retired. Her personality matched perfectly with generations of students through the years, and exuded encouragement and enthusiasm at every turn.

Later in her career she became mentor to women beginning or returning to college with that same level of enthusiasm and excitement. For many of her closest friends she was always Bonnie.

Sister particularly enjoyed leading student summer study tours to American historic sites. One trip to Colonial New England earned her almost celebrity status when the international media picked up on the wording she found on an ancient tombstone. It read simply: “I told you I was sick, Elizabeth.”

This is our heritage. Making a Difference.

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