Sister Mary Kenneth Keller, BVM, entered the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, of Dubuque, Iowa in 1932.

She is recognized as one of the first women to receive a Ph.D. in computer science. Her pioneering efforts won her a national reputation in a male-dominated field. She established the nation’s first small college computer science program at Clarke University (then Clarke College), authored four books with IBM, and served as consultant on new technology for leaders in education, government, and business.