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Sister Helen McHugh

Professor Emerita, English

Religious of the Sacred Heart Helen McHugh spent much of four decades at the University of San Diego. Sister McHugh first arrived at the San Diego College for Women in 1965 as a professor of English. Over the next 27 years, she served as the chair of both the English department and the fine arts department. Named professor emerita in 1988, she continued to direct a tutoring program and conduct research until she went to Oakwood Retirement Center, the Society of the Sacred Heart’s elder care center in Atheron, California, in 2003.  Sister McHugh passed away on December 30, 2011, at Oakwood.


B.A., San Francisco College for Women; M.A., Ph.D., Stanford University