The Journey During her junior year at a women’s Catholic college near Pittsburgh, Julie was chosen to work at IBM in Vermont. There she met a student from BYU. After three years of long-distance dating, Julie’s decision to marry the Utah boy was the first step that led to her becoming the first woman in a tenure-track position, then promoted to professor in the College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences at BYU. In 2005 she was recognized by the university as the Karl G. Maeser Distinguished Faculty. She now works at the St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church as a lay minister.
Mile Markers “While my husband and I never encourage young people to do what we did, we believe it was what we were called to do. That decision was difficult for our children because there were no other role models of good Mormons married to good Catholics for them to see.”
No Road Blocks “I am a bridge builder. As a chemist, I bridge areas of science, using my research to help physicists, geologists and biologists solve problems. I build bridges between my BYU colleagues and those of my Catholic faith.”
Vacation Destination “Italy. I love the food, culture, Italian operas, museums, and churches.”