1896 – Sister Augustine Scheele Born

On this date Sister Augustine Scheele, baptized Marie Ann Scheele, was born in Milwaukee. Scheele graduated from Holy Angels Academy, continued her education at Catholic University in Washington, D.C., and received her doctorate from Marquette University. Scheele was influential in the 1936 accreditation of Alverno Teachers College. She served as the first nun on the board of the National Council on the Accreditation of Teacher Education. Under her guidance, Alverno College produced a number of teachers for Catholic and public schools alike. After World War II Sister Augustine led the merger of three separately incorporated institutions – Alverno Teachers College, Sacred Heart School of Nursing and Alverno College of Music – into the new Alverno College. Sister Augustine Scheele died on March 3, 1982.