Mary Madeleine Doyle, 97, nun, language professor

April 21, 2002

Sister Mary Madeleine Doyle, a member of the School Sisters of Notre Dame and a professor emerita of foreign language at the College of Notre Dame of Maryland, died of cancer Thursday at Villa Assumpta, the Baltimore motherhouse of her congregation. She was 97.

The former Gertrude A. Doyle attended public schools in Towson before enrolling at the college, where she would later become chairwoman of the foreign language department.

She left Notre Dame after her freshman year and, in 1925, she entered the same teaching order of nuns who founded the college. Three years later, she professed her vows.

Sister Madeleine earned a bachelor of arts degree in 1932 and a master of arts degree eight years later, both from the Catholic University of America. She concentrated her studies in French with minors in education and mathematics.

She taught at several Baltimore parish schools, including the St. Ann School and Cathedral School, where she began a language program for young children. She was a teacher at Notre Dame Preparatory in Baltimore and St. John School in Westminster before joining the college faculty in 1963.

During a 21-year tenure at the college, she taught French, served as assistant director of the school's printing department, established the Diocesan Language Center and instituted a program for teaching English as a foreign language that remains part of the curriculum.

In her retirement, Sister Madeleine published a book of her father's artwork titled Early 20th Century Baltimore, Views by a Newspaper Artist. Her father, James Doyle, had been the staff artist for the Baltimore Herald, a newspaper published in the early years of the last century. His drawings also appeared in The Sun.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Villa Assumpta, 6401 N. Charles St.

Survivors include a brother, James Doyle III of Taneytown; a sister, M. Frances Stull of Bel Air; and several nieces and nephews.

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