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Sister Veronica Skillin, SND – former NDNU president

April 17, 2015

Notre Dame Sister Veronica Skillin died April 9 at Sequoia Hospital from injuries suffered in a fall. Sister Veronica was a former president of the congregation’s Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont serving in the role for 15 years under its original name College of Notre Dame. Sister Veronica was 86 years old and a Sister of Notre Dame for 69 years.

Born in San Francisco, Sister Veronica graduated from Notre Dame High School, San Francisco and held a graduate degree in English from Stanford University.

“The entire NDNU community is deeply saddened by the passing of one of this university’s greatest leaders,” said current school president, Judith Maxwell Greig. “Sister Veronica’s tenure was marked by a significant expansion in university programs, which helped set the stage for the elevation of NDNU from a college to a university. She had great love for the university and its students, faculty and staff and remained involved in university life right up until her passing.”

During her tenure as president, 1980-1994, the college grew from 1,400 to more than 1,600 students.

“Sister Veronica believed in the importance of the entire community, and would bring small groups of freshmen into her office each fall so that they would know who she was and could then ‘pop in’ and visit her during their time on campus,” the school said in a statement. “We are all teachers and learners, whether we are faculty, staff, or students,” Sister Veronica is quoted as saying.

Her brothers Father Harmon Skillin of the Diocese of Stockton and Joe Skillin of Georgia, as well as nephew Adili Skillin survive her.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated April 20 at 10:30 a.m. in Cunningham Chapel on the Notre Dame de Namur University campus.

Remembrances may be made to the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, 1520 Ralston Ave., Belmont 94002.

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