Published on January 30th, 2014 | by SMUMN0
Alumni in action: Mary Lou Black Scheid, surgical nurse
With more than 42,000 alumni, you might be surprised where, and how often, you’ll run into a Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota graduate. Many of them the university calls “alumni in action” — alumni who are living the Saint Mary’s mission of service and leadership, transforming others’ lives and making a positive difference in their communities and beyond.
Mary Lou Black Scheid ’76 from Hopkins, Minn., graduated from Saint Mary’s with a degree in communication arts. Mary Lou and her husband, Stephen Scheid ’76 made plans to volunteer in a developing country after they retired. Unfortunately, due to Stephen’s sudden and untimely death, they were unable to realize their goal together.
But Scheid decided to continue to pursue serving in a developing country. She studied Spanish with her 11-year-old son, and they departed for the central American country of Guatemala. Scheid served as a surgical nurse and Spanish interpreter for over three years in Antigua, Guatemala and worked with teams of doctors from the United States, Europe and Canada. She continues to make several trips to Guatemala each year with medical teams from the Twin Cities.