Theresa A. Walls, D.O., M.B.E. '71
Theresa Walls, D.O., M.B.E. '71 was among the first women to attend the College of Arts and Sciences/School of Business Administration undergraduate day session at Saint Peter's University. A graduate of Memorial High School in West New York, she selected Saint Peter's because of its long-standing reputation of academic excellence and combined spiritual values. It was one of the best decisions she's made.
Theresa says, "Saint Peter's will always hold a special place in my heart. The academics, experiences, spirituality and relationships I forged at the University provided me with the tools needed for a successful and fulfilling personal and professional life."
After graduating from Saint Peter's with a bachelor's degree in biology and theology, Theresa attended the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine where she earned a doctorate of osteopathic medicine in 1975. She did her psychiatric residency at Thomas Jefferson University from 1979 to 1982 and completed a master's degree in bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania in 2001. Today, she is a practicing board-certified psychiatrist at Ephrata Community Hospital in Pennsylvania.
In addition to her practice, Theresa has taught at the University of Pennsylvania, St. Joseph's University, and the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. Referring to teaching, she says, "I'm reminded of the unique character of my Jesuit education, and I try to pass that on to my students in some measure."
She adds, "I hold in very high regard the Jesuit tradition and the vision of Jesuit education. I am proud to be a part of it. It has served not only to educate me, but also to deepen my own spirituality as I continue my life as a physician."
The value-based education she received at Saint Peter's, with its emphasis on academic excellence and leadership has served her well. "It has always struck me that when I meet someone who has experienced a Jesuit education, there is an instant understanding of what we share," Theresa comments. "That must continue - so making a gift to the University is my way of continuing to share in that vision and its legacy. It is giving back in some measure what was given to me."
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