Sister Mary Carol was born in St. Louis, Missouri. She was received into the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet in 1958 as Sister Paul Louise. She received a bachelor’s degree in dietetics with minors in science and philosophy from Fontbonne College (now University) in 1957, a master’s degree in nutrition with minors in food theory and physiological chemistry from the University of Minnesota in 1962, and completed a dietetic internship at Good Samaritan Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1963. She then moved to Kansas City, Missouri, and served until 1965 as both a nutrition educator at Avila College (now University) and as an administrative and clinical dietitian at St. Joseph Hospital.
In 1965, Sister Mary Carol began 47 years of service at Fontbonne College/University where she spent 26 years as a faculty member of the Home Economics Department (25 years as chairperson) and 21 years as assistant, then associate dean, for academic affairs. Sister Mary Carol, a registered dietitian and certified family and consumer science specialist, officially retired in 2012.
Sister Mary Carol received a number of honors and awards during her professional career, including; President’s Council on Youth Leadership Award from U.S. Government, 1968; Washington, D.C. Inner City Fellowship from the American Home Economics Association, 1971; Chautauqua Award from National Science Foundation, 1974; Outstanding Dietitian of the Year Award for Missouri, 1987; Fontbonne College Founders Award for Distinguished Service in Higher Education/Dietetics, 1987; Citizen Ambassador Program of People to People; Family and Consumer Sciences Professional Delegation to South Africa, 1997; Fontbonne-Carondelet Heritage Award, 1999; Fontbonne University Alumni Distinguished Service Award, 2005.
Sister Mary Carol has been a 40+ year member of Iota Sigma Pi and Sigma Delta Epsilon and currently holds membership in Phi Kappa Phi.
She serves as a volunteer for Nazareth Living Center and on boards and committees for the CSJ community, St. Joseph’s Academy and the Fontbonne Community Connection.