Sister Julia Schumacher, who had been a student, teacher, dean and president of Trinity College in Washington, died Sunday at the Villa Julie Infirmary in Stevenson, Md. as the result of a bladder infection. She was 93.
Sister Julia was born in Dayton, Ohio, and entered the Sisters of Notre Dame in Cincinnati in 1906. She then began her association with Trinity. She earned bachelor's and master's degrees at the schools, and in 1912, joined its faculty.
She taught physics and philosophy until 1921, when she was appointed the academic dean. She held that post until 1932, when she became president. She retired in 1940.
But what was not the end of her career. From 1942 until 1959, whe directed education prgrams of he Sisters of Notre Dame in Pennsylvania and North Carolina. From 1959 to 1962, she superior of the Sisters of Notre Dame at Trinity College, which is run by the order. She later retired at the college and moved to the Villa Julie Infirmary, also run by the Sisters of Notre Dame.
Throughout much of her religious life, Sister Julia was known as Sister Berchmans Julia in accordance with the dictates of her order. As the Catholic Church changed, these dictates also changed and she chose to resume the name she had received from her parents.
Among her accomplishments at Trinity College, which now has about 800 students, was the supervision of the construction of the Science Building. She also palayed a role in the building of its Notre Dame Chapel and the Alumnae Hall.