Phyllis M. Kittel, PhD

Phyllis M. Kittel, PhD



Emeritus – Mathematics

As a young woman, she was a Catholic nun at the Order of the Sacred Heart in Dayton, Ohio, where she taught math.

She left the convent to further her studies and obtained her doctorate in mathematics from the Illinois Institute of Technology.

She devoted herself to educating others and had a fulfilling 30-year career at Illinois Benedictine College (now Benedictine University), where she taught math, was the dean of faculty and eventually became vice president of academic affairs.

Dr. Kittel was involved in the Honors Program in addition to her faculty position and often led wilderness adventures to Colorado with the honors students.

She was accepting of everyone, did her best to educate others about different cultures and lifestyles, and she was highly regarded by her colleagues and students.

Dr. Kittel passed away on Wednesday, December 4, 2019 at the age of 81.