Sister Margaret Hohman, a chemist and advocate of the poor, dies at 95

Sister of Charity of Nazareth Margaret Hohman is shown working in a laboratory in 1962 at St. Louis University, where she earned a doctoral degree in chemistry. Photo Special to The Record

Sister of Charity of Nazareth Margaret Hohman, 95, died Dec. 20 at Nazareth Home.

Sister Hohman, a native of Louisville, served in various ministries during her 70 years of religious life.

She served as an educator in Kentucky and Virginia. In Kentucky, she taught high school in Owensboro and Lexington. She later served as an assistant dean and professor of chemistry at Spalding College, now Spalding University.

Growing up during the Great Depression, Sister Hohman experienced hardships that shaped her into an advocate for the poor and the oppressed. She spoke out against racial injustices, taking part locally in the civil rights movement.  Sister Hohman also assisted blacks in Fayette, Miss., in their effort to vote in the early 1970s.

In 1973, Sister Hohman was chosen to attend the Paris peace talks to end the Vietnam War. In 1977, she became a founding member of NETWORK, the Catholic social justice lobbying group still in existence today.

During her retirement, Sister Hohman continued to serve the needy through a ministry to incarcerated women. 

Sister Hohman served her religious community as director of pastoral care at the Motherhouse in Nazareth, Ky., and as a member of the Office of Global Concerns for the congregation.

She is survived by several nieces and nephews and her religious community.

Visitation will be held Dec. 28 at 6:30 p.m. at St. Vincent Church in Nazareth.

The Funeral Mass will be celebrated Dec. 29 at 10:30 a.m. in St. Vincent.

Sister Hohman’s body was donated for medical research and burial will take place at a later date.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, Office of Mission Advancement, P.O. Box 9, Nazareth, Ky., 40048.

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