Antoinette Schiavo; had posts at 3 area colleges

Antoinette M. Schiavo
Antoinette M. Schiavo
Posted: June 16, 2014

Antoinette M. Schiavo, 82, of Haddonfield, who retired in 2013 as associate dean of the School of Education at Holy Family University, died of complications of cancer Monday, May 19, at Penn Hospice at Rittenhouse in Center City.

Earlier in her academic career, Miss Schiavo was an administrator at Immaculata College and Temple University.

Sister Francesca Onley, president of Holy Family, said in a statement that "Dr. Schiavo was a beloved member of our campus community."

Dr. Schiavo began her career there in 1991.

Sister Onley added that "Dr. Schiavo was a strong leader who guided others with her expertise in higher education.

"She was devoted to her students and inspired them to embrace the oneness of the human family through service to others. She will be sorely missed."

Born in Philadelphia, Dr. Schiavo earned a bachelor's degree in math and physics at Immaculata, now a university, in 1956, a master's in physics at the Catholic University of America in 1971, and a doctorate in education at Temple in 1990.

At one point early in her career, she was a member of the Immaculate Heart of Mary religious order, a niece, Kathleen Greco, said.

As a nun, she was a seventh-grade teacher at St. Thomas More Cathedral School in Arlington, Va., from 1958 to 1959, and a math and physics teacher at Bishop Denis J. O'Connell High School there from 1959 to 1961, Greco said.

After serving as registrar and associate professor of math at Immaculata from 1961 to 1973, she was director of admissions and a math professor there from 1973 to 1976.

At Temple, she was assistant to the dean of the graduate school into 1980 and, after executive work with a cable company, was administrator of student services in Temple's College of Education from 1985 to 1990.

At Holy Family from 1991, Dr. Schiavo was, among various responsibilities, vice president of academic affairs and dean and associate provost of graduate studies.

She had earned a scholarship for advanced study at Catholic University as well as the Anderson Medal for Mathematics.

Besides her niece, she is survived by a brother, a sister, a nephew, and a niece.

A viewing was set from 9 a.m. Monday, June 16, at the Blake-Doyle Funeral Home, 226 W. Collings Ave., Collingswood, N.J. 08108, before an 11 a.m. Funeral Mass at the Church of St. Mary, Mother of the Church, 20 Braisington Ave., Bellmawr, with entombment in Calvary Mausoleum, Cherry Hill.

Donations may be sent to the American Cancer Society, 1626 Locust St., Philadelphia 19103.

Condolences may be offered to the family at the funeral home.

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