Marquette University, B.S. 1963, M.S. 1966
Camille (Hintzke) Devaney
Camille Hintzke Devaney entered Marquette in 1959 as a student in Medical Technology but after one year changed to Arts and Sciences and majored in Biology with Dr. Saunders as her advisor. Devaney felt that Marquette was on the cutting edge of science at the time. At that time, she wasn’t interested in a degree in Zoology, so pursued a degree in Life Science with a minor plus in Chemistry. Interestingly, she studied Theology as well. After obtaining her BS degree in 1963, she was accepted into Graduate School where she studied under Dr. Abramoff and obtained a her MS in Immunology in 1966. Again, the level of science at Marquette University was such that it served her well in her professional life.
After graduation in 1966 marriage, brought Devaney to New York. She taught for several years at Mount Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, NY, now a part of the state university system. At Mount Mercy, Devaney was an Assistant Professor in the Science department, and taught genetics and physiology. The Devaneys and their three sons were transferred to Chicago, and settled in Lake Bluff, Illinois. Here she taught at a girls secondary school for nine years, and thus ended her academic career of 20 years.
Following academia, Devaney took a position in technical support at Abbott Laboratories and eventually, as a manager in manufacturing covering Abbott’s third party contractors in Western Europe and North West Africa. She recently retired after a 20 year career with Abbott.
There is little doubt in Camille Devaney’s mind that Marquette prepared her well for her diverse professional life. Abbott was involved very early in the field of HIV Protease Inhibitors. Even though we have a much broader understanding of messenger RNA synthesis today, Devaney’s exposure to this field during her time at Marquette was an asset in supporting Abbott’s HIV Protease Inhibitor products and many others.
In her ten years as manufacturing manager for Abbott’s European contractors, the skills of a Jesuit education, alongside her science, served her well. While working and living in Europe, the need to listen with respect to the wisdom of their contractors and still maintain the expectations of Abbott was helped by the strong understanding of Jesuit tradition that she learned here at Marquette.
Devaney retired two years ago, and now serves in a neighboring community as an Ignatian Volunteer. She says time and again that her experience and training at Marquette in Life Sciences and the Ignatian tradition have served her well.