Barbara Boyce Biales ’57

Barbara Boyce Biales ’57

By Ruth Haag Brombach '60

An invitation to remember Barbara Boyce Biales ’57, professor emerita of psychology, inspired enthusiastic response from so many who loved her and respected her enormous talents. Barbara died on February 28, 2015.

Characterized by an intense love of the members of her family: husband and professor emeritus of music, Albert Biales, who died in 2012; daughters Ellen ’91, Joan Biales Frankel ’92, Susan ’96 and Ann ’89, who died in 1995, Barbara maintained unwavering loyalty to St. Catherine University, beginning with her years as a student. She carried a deep devotion to her Catholic faith, to academic scholarship in her field of psychology, and for the kind of friendship that welcomed visits and chats with others, and demonstrated a sense of fun and an intense interest in the lives of her good friends.

Her ability to encourage others in life-changing events, in career decisions and in the simple happenings of everyday life made Barbara an individual with whom people sought an ongoing friendship. Observing her fortitude during the period of the unexpected natural death of her daughter, Ann, gave close friends a sense of Barbara’s strength. She impressed many who came to
console her and Al, with her ability to return genuine comfort.

After graduating Phi Beta Kappa from St. Catherine, with majors in psychology and French, and a minor in music, Barbara was awarded a Fulbright scholarship for study in Louvain, Belgium. Next, she went to Columbia University where she completed a master’s degree in 1960. Further coursework focused on developmental psychology, personality and behavior, and aspects of aging. She began her teaching career at St. Catherine in 1960 and continued as a member of the Department of Psychology until 1990, serving as chair from 1979 to 1988.

A faculty member dedicated to her profession, Barbara gave presentations, wrote papers and served as leader in her professional organizations; alumnae had the benefit of several of her scholarly presentations at special continuing education sessions.


In our last issue, we mistakenly ran a photo of Mary Lynch Heaton ’61 alongside Barbara Biales’ remembrance. We deeply regret the error and apologize for any distress it caused the families and our community.

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