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  Avila Remembers Emerita Professor S. Ann Dominic Tassone    
  Kansas City, MO    
July 1, 2009

Avila University is mournful to share the passing of Sister Ann Dominic Tassone of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet. S. Ann Dominic passed away on Monday, June 29.

S. Ann Dominic began her 35-year career at Avila in 1963 at the then Avila College. S. Ann Dominic taught mathematics and was the chair of the department of Natural and Allied Health Sciences and Mathematics. Eventually she became a volunteer for the Avila Advantage program, but her students remember her most for her Avila spirit.
S. Ann Dominic tried to attend every home sporting event, especially basketball. Alongside friend, S. Rose Anthony Schmidt, the two would always sit at center court, second row from the floor.

S. Ann Dominic once told reporters, “I’d say something like, ‘Dear Lord, let us win and I won’t eat cake for a week.’ Isn’t that awful? I don’t do that anymore. I just leave it in his hands.”

When not praying, S. Ann Dominic was known for her verbal encouragement of the referees, coaches and athletes. She wouldn’t miss a game. While on her way to a basketball game during icy weather, S. Ann Dominic slipped and broke her wrist but went to the game anyway. The team’s trainer took her to the hospital after the game.
In recent years, S. Ann Dominic retired to the Nazareth Living Center in St. Louis, a Catholic nursing and assisted living community sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet. She never waivered in her support for Avila and readily shared stories about the old days and the cheese sandwiches they had to eat for lunch.

Her spirit and dedication earned her a place in the Avila University Athletic Hall of Fame. S. Ann Dominic also received the first ever Avila Upsilon Alpha Chapter’s Honor an Educator Award, Avila’s Medal of Honor, the rank of professor emerita and had Avila University’s Mascot, Dom the Eagle, named in her honor.

S. Ann Dominic – we will miss you.


Avila University is a private, co-educational, values-based liberal arts institution founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, offering undergraduate, graduate, and adult degree programs. Avila University is located at 119th and Wornall Rd in southwest suburban Kansas City, Mo.