1924 - 2021
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GORMLY SISTER ANN GORMLY, SNDdeN Sister Ann Gormly, a Sister of Notre Dame de Namur, died on January 8, 2021 at Mt. Notre Dame Health Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. She was born in Providence, Rhode Island on June 17, 1924 and is predeceased by her parents, Cecilia Sherwin Gormly and Dr Charles F. Gormly of Providence, her brother Charles S. Gormly and her sister Betty Gormly. After earning her B.A. in French from Trinity College (now Trinity Washington University) in 1945, Sister Ann joined the Congregation of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur where she was a member for 75 years. She earned her M.A. and Ph.D In Spanish from The Catholic University of America. Sister Ann is remembered as a language teacher fluent in Spanish and French, a Dean of Students and a world traveler. In each of these roles she was motivated by her international orientation and her commitment to an intercultural way of life. After teaching French and Spanish for three years in the archdiocesan high schools of Philadelphia, she joined the faculty of Trinity College in 1951 teaching in the Spanish Department. In addition to her responsibility for expanding the curriculum of the Department, she served as Foreign Student Advisor providing robust programming to highlight the cultures of Trinity's international students. She also sponsored summer study trips for Trinity students and in 1965 led 14 Trinity students to Honduras for eight weeks where they worked among people who lived in wretched poverty. From 1966 to 1971 she served as Dean of Students during the years when Trinity students sponsored sit-in's and led a student strike. After leaving Trinity in 1971, Sister Ann spent two years in administration for the Congregation and then joined the United States Catholic Mission Association where she served as Associate Director from 1973 to 1987. USMCA is an organization devoted to providing support for missionaries throughout the world. In this support role Ann travelled to five continents and visited 176 countries. After leaving USCMA, she served for five years as Administrative Director for Healthcare for the Homeless in Washington, DC. In her "retirement" years from 1991 to 2009, Ann returned to the place where she had begun, teaching Spanish. She taught as an adjunct professor at Prince George Community College, Northern Virginia Community College, Trinity College and Gonzaga College High School. Yet her treasured teaching experience was the nine years she spent teaching ESL at Casa de Maryland. She enjoyed displaying three tote bags, one for each of her teaching assignments in any given semester. She is survived by her nephew Charles F. Gormly ( Murry) of Kensington, MD, her niece Paula Craine of Prahran Victoria, Australia, her sister-in-law Jean Gormly of Vero Beach, FL and her loving Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur who will miss her wisdom, persistence and love for her friends and family. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Mark the Evangelist Church, Hyattsville, MD on Friday, January 15, at 10 a.m. Burial will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Live Stream of the Funeral Mass will be available on the tribute wall page of her obituary at

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Published in The Washington Post on Jan. 14, 2021.
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January 18, 2021
Such and amazing woman, so admired and loved. I was one of the fortunate 14 Trinity women she accompanied to Honduras, a formative experience. My deepest sympathies to her family.
Terry Jacober Houle
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