Spring 2009 Issue


Sister Judith Shield, OP

September 29, 1917 - October 24, 2008

Sister Judith Shield, an Adrian Dominican sister, passed away October 24, 2008, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan, at the age of 91. A respected teacher and mentor, she spent 72 years of her religious profession with the congregation.

Sister Shield, formerly known as Emolyn Shield, was born in Chicago, Illinois, to parents Harold and Mabel Marie Clark Shield. Sister Shield graduated from Aquinas High School in Chicago and went on to earn a Bachelor of Philosophy in history from Siena Heights University (then College). She also earned a Master of Arts degree in economics from Catholic University in Washington, D.C.

For 56 years, Sister Shield ministered in education serving in many capacities, including as a school principal in the Michigan cities of Detroit, Royal Oak, Grosse Pointe Farms and Elgin as well as in Walton Beach, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach, Florida.

She came to Barry University (then College) in 1970 when she joined the faculty as assistant professor of economics in what was then the Department of Business in the School of Arts and Sciences. Sister Shield also served as chairperson of the department.

Her academic strengths helped to enable Barry to begin offering its first Master of Business Administration. Sister Judith was also instrumental in the creation of the School of Business in 1976. During her tenure, she served as the interim dean of the School of Business in 1982-83 and 1985-86. She became associate dean in 1984. Sister Shield stepped away from full-time teaching and administration in 1988 and received the distinguished honor of emerita status.

Sister Shield held membership in many professional organizations including the American Society for Professional and Executive Women, Women in Economics and the American Marketing Association. She also was a member of the American Business Communications Association, the Southern Business Association and the Catholic Social Ethics Society. Sister Shield held the offices of secretary and president, board member for three terms, and chaplain for five terms at the Miami Shores chapter of the Pilot Club International.

From 1988-2004, Sister Shield served the mission in a variety of volunteer positions, initially as special assistant to the vice president for institutional advancement for planned giving. Following a semester sabbatical at the Weston School of Theology in Cambridge, Massachusetts, she returned to Barry and facilitated mission effectiveness and campus ministry activities where she found time to serve as a personal spiritual adviser and retreat director for sisters, priests and lay persons. In 2004, she left Barry and moved to the Dominican Life Center. Sister Shield is survived by loving nieces and nephews.

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