Sister Kathleen Tracey, S.C.


Sister Kathleen Tracey, S.C., who served for 64 years as a professor of biology and administrator at the College of Mount St. Vincent in the Bronx, died July 21 at Cabrini of Westchester in Dobbs Ferry. She was 96.

Sister Kathleen served at the College of Mount St. Vincent, 1953-2017, as a biology teacher and department chair, administrator and associate vice president for advancement. She introduced the college’s first bioethics course and established the Institute for Aquatic Research, one of the country’s first undergraduate programs in marine biology, with a research station in Nassau, the Bahamas.

Sister Kathleen also taught at St. John the Evangelist High School, White Plains, 1955-1957, and Fordham University, the Bronx, 1953-1955.

In 2011, she was named among the 25 Bronx Influential Women, and in 2015, the college inaugurated the Kathleen Tracey S.C. Medal for Service and Leadership.

Born in Teaneck, N.J., she entered the Sisters of Charity of New York in 1950 and professed final vows in 1958. She was formerly known as Sister Kathleen Marie.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in science from the College of Mount St. Vincent, and master’s and doctor’s degrees in biology from Fordham University, the Bronx. She completed postdoctoral studies in radiation biology at the University of Chicago and at the University of Tennessee, Oak Ridge.

A Funeral Mass was celebrated July 28 in Immaculate Conception Chapel at the College of Mount St. Vincent. Burial was at St. Joseph Cemetery, Hackensack, N.J.

Sister Kathleen Tracey, S.C.