Sister of St. Joseph Marion Hoctor, 90 - Catholic Courier

Sister of St. Joseph Marion Hoctor, 90

Sister of St. Joseph Marion Hoctor (formerly Sister Thomas Marion), who spent 70 years ministering in higher education both as a teacher and academic administrator at Nazareth College (now Nazareth University), died July 25, 2023. She was 90 years old.

Sister Hoctor entered the congregation in 1950 from her home parish of Corpus Christi, Rochester. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Nazareth College in 1954. She also earned a master’s degree in English in 1955 and a Ph.D. in English in 1958 from Cornell University. Sister Hoctor attended Oxford University, and in 1966, she earned a bachelor of letters (B.Litt).

Sister Hoctor taught at Immaculate Conception, Ithaca, in 1957. The following year, she taught at Nazareth College. After two years at Oxford University, she returned to Nazareth College as an assistant professor of English.

From 1967-68, she worked Russell Sage College in Troy as a visiting professor of English. Sister Hoctor then returned to Nazareth College, where she served for the next 20 years as a professor of English, vice president for academic affairs, dean and provost.

After a sabbatical year in England, Sister Hoctor returned to Nazareth College and resumed her teaching career for another 12 years, and she continued part time for 15 more years. She retired to the motherhouse in 2015.

Sister Hoctor is survived by her nieces, nephews, friends and her sisters in the congregation.

Her funeral liturgy was celebrated at the motherhouse chapel Aug. 2, 2023, with burial in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Sisters of St. Joseph Ministry Fund at or by mailing Dawn Gruba at 150 French Road, Rochester, NY 14618.

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