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Campus community mourns Professor Emerita

Barbara Boyce Biales '57 (left) with Mary Lynch Heaton '61 and Professor Emeritus Albert Biales, celebrating his Myser Award for Faculty Excellence during the 2011 June Reunion.
Barbara Boyce Biales '57 (left) with Mary Lynch Heaton '61 and Professor Emeritus Albert Biales, celebrating his Myser Award for Faculty Excellence during the 2011 June Reunion.
Photo by Wayne Martin

Barbara Boyce Biales, professor emerita of psychology, died February 28, following the recurrence of a serious illness.

A native of Minnesota, she was born in Delano and was a 1953 graduate of Academy of Holy Angels High School. She earned bachelor's degrees in psychology and French – with honors, including Phi Beta Kappa – from St. Catherine in 1957.

She received a Fulbright Scholarship to study at the University of Louvain in Belgium following college, and then earned her master's degree from Columbia University in New York City.

Returning to Minnesota, she performed doctoral course work at the Child Development Institute at the University of Minnesota, and joined the St. Catherine University faculty in 1960. She served as chair of the psychology department from 1979 to 1988, and was selected by the National Science Foundation to participate in a regional institute on the psychology of aging in 1989.

She was among 19 contributing authors to the book, Women of Vision: Their Psychology, Circumstances and Success, published by Springer Publishing in 2007.

She met Albert Biales, a professor of music, at the University and they were married in 1965. The couple retired from the University in 1997, although they continued to be active supporters of St. Catherine.  Al Biales's opera, "Mozart in Manhattan," was performed as part of St. Kate's Centennial Celebration in 2006.

All four of their daughters – Ann Biales '89, Ellen Biales '91, Joan Biales Frankel '92, and Susan Biales '96 – followed in their mother’s footsteps as St. Catherine alumnae.

She is preceded in death by her daughter, Ann, in 1995 and her husband, Professor Emeritus of Music Albert Biales, in 2012.

Visitation will be on Wednesday, March 4 from 4-7 p.m. at O'Halloran Murphy Funeral Home, 575 South Snelling Avenue, St. Paul. The funeral is 10 a.m. Thursday, March 5, at Lumen Christi Catholic Church, 2055 Bohland Avenue, St. Paul, with visitation in the church for an hour preceding the liturgy.

Memorials may be made to the Barbara Biales Scholarship at St. Catherine University or Our Lady of Peace Hospice.

March 3, 2015 by Julie Michener, with information supplied from multiple sources.

See also: Faculty, Liberal Arts