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Louise Woodward Lippert

Louise Woodward Lippert ‘26 passed away on October 17, 2005. She was 101 years old and the last surviving member of Notre Dame College’s first graduating class.

Ms. Lippert began her studies in 1922 at the College’s original location on Ansel Road in Cleveland. During her years at Notre Dame, she served as class president, editor of the Notre Dame News, president of Gamma Eta Delta, and a member of Student Council. She graduated with a bachelor’s of science degree in education.

After graduation, Ms. Lippert taught English and French at Notre Dame Academy. In 1927, she was married to the late Carleton Lippert. She remained involved with the College, serving as President of the Alumni Association from 1936 to 1938.

The Lipperts moved to the Clintonville neighborhood of Columbus, Ohio in 1939, but their ties to Notre Dame remained intact as two of the Lippert’s four children, Jean “Corky” Lippert ‘50, and the late JoAnne Lippert Reid ‘51 attended Notre Dame.

In 2004, Notre Dame recognized Ms. Lippert, declaring April 20th as Louise Lippert Day in honor of her 100th birthday. Her profile appeared in the Fall/Winter 2003-2004 Notre Dame Today where she shared her recollections of the early years of the College.

Ms. Lippert is survived by her daughters Jean Lippert and Mary Kay Friess and her son Carl “Pete,” along with 12 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Agnes Houck Foley Slife

Agnes Houck Foley Slife ‘33, passed away December 2, 2005 at the age of 94. She was the third of seven sisters in the Houck family, all of whom attended Notre Dame College. Agnes was the last to pass away.

She graduated from Notre Dame in 1933, earning an A.B. in English. From there, she went to Flora Stone Mather College of Western Reserve University in 1935 where she earned a master’s degree in social work.

As an alumna, she remained involved with Notre Dame, serving as president of the Alumni Association from 1947 – 1948. She was also active in the community, serving on the Board of Trustees of the Florence Crittenton Home and the Catherine Horstmann Home and as a member of the National Council of Catholic Women.

In 1968, with her daughter Kathleen afflicted with kidney disease, Slife took part in a relatively new medical procedure at the Cleveland Clinic when she became a kidney donor. After her recovery, Slife was hired by the Clinic as a social worker. She put her skills to use by setting up the first counseling services for transplant patients and their families.

She was widowed in 1979 when her husband Frank passed away. In 1981, she was married to the late Robert M. Slife.

Agnes is survived by five children: Kevin Foley of Pepper Pike, Ohio; Ellen (Foley) Reilly ‘62 of Northbrook, Illinois; Sara Sessions Reid of Lakewood, Ohio; Frank Foley of Delray Beach, Florida; and Kathleen Gibbons of Lakewood. She was the grandmother of 18 and the great-grandmother of 14.