Sister Dorothy Ann Kelly dead at 79

I learned a little while ago about the death of Sister Dorothy Ann Kelly, the former longtime president of the College of New Rochelle and a very well-known and respected figure around here.

She was 79 and apparently had had a heart attack. I’m sure that many people in and around New Rochelle are heartbroken.

I talked to Sister Dorothy several times over the years and was always impressed by her smarts, good humor and graciousness. She was one of those people with unlimited energy.

She served as president of CNR for 25 years, retiring in 1997. She was currently serving as provincial of her order, the Ursuline Sisters of the Eastern Province.

Sister Dorothy was, what might be called, a progressive Catholic. She loved her faith, but wasn’t always thrilled with how it was…run.

And she spoke her mind about it.

The picture is from 2006, when she received the Yitzhak Rabin Peacemaker Award from the Coalition for Mutual Respect in New Rochelle.

On Wednesday, the Coalition for Mutual Respect will sponsor a “Liberation Freedom Seder Dinner” at Iona College. No doubt, Sister Dorothy will be missed.

Gary Stern

Gary Stern covered education in the Lower Hudson Valley for several years during the early 1990s. Now's he back on the beat. He believes that schools are one of the main reasons that people live around here and that educational issues -- from curriculum to financing -- are among the most challenging things that journalists can write about. He continues to be amazed by the complexity of educational jargon. Gary got his B.A. at SUNY Buffalo and his M.A. from the University of Missouri Journalism School (where his master's thesis was about the best ways to cover education). He lives in White Plains with his wife and two sons, who attend public schools.