How One Year Turned into Five Decades
When Sister Antoine-Marie Baurier left Paris in 1969, it was for a one-year teaching assignment at Marymount College in Rancho Palos Verdes.
Today, she is a flourishing faculty member, leadership model and icon at the university.
Baurier is the only original nun left at Marymount, which was established in 1968 by her order, the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary as Marymount Palos Verdes College.
“In those days there were 15 or 16 of us,” Baurier said. “We considered it ‘our’ school. The dean was one of our sisters, the registrar was one, the boss in the business office was one, too.”
Baurier’s one-year assignment was extended and eventually stretched into five decades. She joined the faculty, enrolled at UCLA and earned a master’s degree and a doctorate in French literature.
The college went through many evolutions over the years until it became Marymount California University in 2010.
Baurier remained through the changes. She continued to teach and has served on the university’s board of trustees for the past five presidents.
“There is no one else at Marymount California University that can be such an inspiration, historian, or example of the mission of the university,” said Brian Marcotte, MCU president. “She is our current and tangible link to our founders.”
In the early days of the school, the RSHM order of nuns took great care of “their” school.
In the 1970s, the sisters gave 75% of their salaries back to the college. And, in 2000, they donated their convent to the college. At that time, Baurier moved to the Villas, a gated housing community for students owned by Marymount on Palos Verdes Drive North.
Over the years, Baurier also worked as a translator for the RSHM order. She crossed the Atlantic Ocean at least 65 times for their international meetings, traveling all over Europe.
Though she no longer travels, Baurier continues to enthusiastically teach language classes at Marymount.
“Language is my forte,” she said proudly. “The kids are still the same, the only thing is that now they could be my great-grand kids.”
This excerpt was reprinted from Palos Verdes Peninsula News. You can read the full article here. It was written by Mary Jo Hazard, Contributing Writer, PV News