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Sister Adele GormanHistorian, teacherSister Mary Adele Francis...


Sister Adele Gorman

Historian, teacher

Sister Mary Adele Francis Gorman, O.S.F., who taught in Baltimore schools and was historian of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia, died Wednesday of cancer at the order's retirement home, Assisi House in Aston, Pa. She was 81.

Sister Adele was historian for about five years and had done extensive research on the order's founder, Mother Francis Bachmann.

She was an expert on the history of the Roman Catholic Church in the United States and had been a history professor for more than 20 years at Neumann College in Aston, where she had also worked in the development office. She left the faculty in 1986.

In the Baltimore area, she taught at the Catholic High School in the 1940s and at Towson Catholic High School in the 1950s and 1960s.

The former Mary Adele Gorman was a native of Baltimore and a graduate of what is now the Notre Dame Preparatory School and the College of Notre Dame of Maryland. She entered the Sisters of St. Francis in 1943.

She held a master's degree from Villanova University, and a doctorate from Notre Dame University. She did graduate work at the Johns Hopkins University, Loyola College, Mount St. Mary's College in Emmitsburg and the University of Denver.

Sister Adele taught in extension programs of Mount St. Mary's and Villanova.

The author of many professional papers, books and lectures, she was a member of the American Historical Association, the American Catholic Historical Association, the History Committee of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops for the Bicentennial in 1976, the Kappa Gamma Pi honorary society and other groups.

She received several medals and prizes for her work.

She was also a member of Church Women United, an ecumenical group, and represented Delaware County, Pa., consumers in a regional comprehensive health planning organization.

A Mass of Christian burial for Sister Adele will be offered at 6:30 p.m. today in the chapel of Our Lady of Angels Convent, the motherhouse of her order in Aston.

' There are no survivors.

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