Sister Barbara Engs

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Sr. Barbara poses with a friend in front of Ralston Mansion. Circa late 1960s/early 1970s.

Sr. Barbara Engs was a woman of a great talents ranging from teaching and administration, to poetry, drama, and literature, to scholarship in German, Greek, and Latin, old High German, Anglo-Saxon, MiddleSaxon, etymology, literary criticism, science and parapsychology. Her teaching career took her from Marysville, Watsonville and San Jose to Belmont, where, coming to College of Notre Dame in 1933, she guided the college through the depression and Second World War. She was among those Sisters who, with careful stewardship, developed the financial base upon which to build the two-year women’s college into the four-year college which now is Notre Dame de Namur University.