In Memory: Obits

In Memory: Obits

Barbara Boyce Biales ’57 and Margaret L. “Maggie” Kvasnicka, CSJ, ’61

Barbara Biales ’57, professor emerita of psychology, died February 28.

She earned bachelor’s degrees in psychology and French — with honors, including Phi Beta Kappa — from St. Kate’s in 1957. She received a Fulbright Scholarship to study at the University of Louvain in Belgium, and then earned her master’s degree from Columbia University.

Biales joined the St. Kate’s faculty in 1960. She served as chair of the psychology department from 1979 to 1988, and was selected by the National Science Foundation to participate in a regional institute on the psychology of aging in 1989.

She met Albert Biales, professor emeritus of music, at the University and they were married in 1965. The couple retired from the University in 1997, although they continued to be active supporters of St. Catherine. Al Biales’s opera, “Mozart in Manhattan,” was performed as part of St. Kate’s Centennial Celebration in 2006.

All four of their daughters — Ann Biales ’89, Ellen Biales ’91, Joan Biales Frankel ’92 and Susan Biales ’96 — are St. Kate’s alumnae.

Biales was preceded in death by her daughter, Ann, in 1995 and her husband in 2012.

Margaret “Maggie” Kvasnicka, CSJ, ’61 trustee emerita, died February 28.

A 1956 graduate of Le Sueur High School, Sister Maggie entered the CSJ community that fall. She graduated from St. Kate’s in 1961 with a degree in elementary education. In 1972, She received a Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies from Loyola University, and in 1978 received a Master of Arts in Spirituality from the University of San Francisco.

In 1995, she established Sarah’s…An Oasis for Women, as a CSJ ministry. Sister Maggie was highly active in the CSJ community as a leader and spiritual director.

Sister Maggie was elected to the University’s board in 2003. Perhaps her most important legacy as a trustee is as a member of the 2007–09 Governance Task Force. This committee was charged with designing the future for St. Kate’s and its relationship with the CSJs.

For 20 years, Sister Maggie worked as director of religious education and in adult education in local parishes and was the first Executive Director for the Archdiocesan Commission on Women.

Editor's Note, June 24, 2015:

An unfortunate photo error occurred in this issue of SCAN. This obituary for Professor Emerita Barbara Boyce Biales ’57 appears in the print edition with a photo of Mary Lynch Heaton ’61 instead. Her image was cropped incorrectly from a group photo featuring Heaton and Biales, along with her husband, Professor Emeritus Albert Biales. The error was not discovered until the magazine was printed and mailed. We deeply regret the error and apologize for any distress it has caused our community.

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