In memoriam: Theologian Jan Poorman

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Dennis Brown | March 19, 2021

Janice Poorman, director of formation and field education and professor of the practice in the Department of Theology at the University of Notre Dame, died Wednesday (March 10) after a courageous battle with breast cancer. She was 68.

“Jan's dedication to her students and to their integral formation as ministers was phenomenal,” Timothy Matovina, professor of theology and department chair, said. “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. Her influence on all she touched is lasting, but we already miss her joyful presence, leadership and friendship.” 

Raised in Phoenix; Bakersfield, California; and Springfield, Illinois; Poorman earned junior college and bachelor’s degrees from Lincoln Land Community College and Southern Illinois University, respectively. She went on to earn master’s and doctoral degrees in theology from Notre Dame with a concentration in systematic theology.

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