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Janice Poorman, theology professor of the practice, dies at 68

| Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Janice Poorman, professor of the practice in the department of theology and director of formation and field education, died March 10 after a battle with breast cancer, the University announced Sunday. She was 68.

Poorman attended Lincoln Land Community College and Southern Illinois University and earned her junior college and bachelor’s degrees. She then received her master’s and doctoral degrees in theology from Notre Dame, focusing on systematic theology.

Poorman worked at the University for 28 years in roles ranging from associate dean of the graduate school and director of formation and field education in the master of divinity program. She also helped form the Echo Faith Formation Leadership Program, a University initiative in support of the Catholic Church

Timothy Matovina, professor of theology and department chair, described Poorman’s dedication to her students as “phenomenal.”

“In her own life she modeled that integration in exemplary fashion, and she challenged, cajoled and inspired her colleagues and students to do the same,” Matovina said. “Her influence on all she touched is lasting, but we already miss her joyful presence, leadership and friendship.”

Poorman is survived by her two children, Jesse and Anna; her father, Robert; four siblings; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

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