Summer 2011

In Memoriam

Sister M. Robert Ann von Ahnen, IHM

Sister M. Robert Ann von Ahnen, IHM, died on December 16, 2010.

Sister Robert Ann's career in education began at Marywood Seminary in 1966. The following year she began teaching at Marywood. In 1969, she went to St. Mary of the Mount High School in Pittsburgh, PA, where she taught for two years. In 1972, Sister returned to Marywood where she served as a Professor of Mathematics for 37 years. Following retirement from Marywood University, she served as a teacher at the IHM Education Enrichment Institute in Scranton, PA.

Generations of students praised Sister Robert Ann for her teaching ability—and praised her higher still for her support and concern for them as individuals. Her most insightful lessons were not so much those of math as those of her own inspiring example of grace, and even laughter, in adversity.

While at Marywood University, Sister Robert Ann served as the advisor for Kappa Mu Epsilon, the math honor society, and for the mathematics club. For many years, she was class moderator and alumni association advisor, and, for more than a quarter century, she organized the annual math contest, bringing to campus nearly 400 students from 20 area high schools. She was active in the NEPA Council of Teachers of Mathematics and oversaw selection of the area's most outstanding high school math students. She also was a charter member of the local math educators' association.

Sister Robert Ann received a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Science degree in education from Marywood and a Master of Science degree in mathematics from New Mexico State University.


Robert C. Blatz

Robert C. Blatz, who served as Associate Professor of Mathematics at Marywood for 22 years, passed away Sunday, February 27, 2011.

Mr. Blatz consistently shunned any form of honor or tribute during his tenure, but when he retired from Marywood in 2002, the University awarded a Presidential Scholarship, named in his honor, to a worthy student. During his years at Marywood, Mr. Blatz went about quietly, competently giving his students a solid foundation in the field he knew so well. Just as quietly—and just as surely—he provided a strong role model of a man dedicated to the ideal of service to God and to humanity. A man of deep spiritual conviction, he was active in Campus Ministry and rarely missed attending Noon Mass at Marywood. Upon retirement, he became still more intensely involved in charismatic worship and in lay ministry, with a special focus on prison ministries.

Mr. Blatz had a master’s degree in computers and mathematics, a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and an aeronautical engineering and a professional engineering license. He was an avid ham radio operator with a senior license. While his boys were younger, he was very active in the Boy Scouts. He was a member of Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church, where he also worked with the prison ministries, a volunteer with Habitat for Humanity and various other ministries, a pianist at Magnolia Manor, and a volunteer fireman while living in Greentown, PA.

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