Sr. Ann Ida Gannon, BMV

1975

Sr. Ann Ida Gannon, BMV

Sister Ann Ida, the first woman religious to receive the Laetare Medal, became a member of the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary in 1932. In 1975, she retired from 18 years as president of Mundelein College in Chicago to devote more time to teaching philosophy there. She was the first woman in many positions, from corporate boards to education associations in which she was invited to serve.