She was born December 14, 1929, in New Haven, Iowa, to Ralph and Catherine (Egan) Fox, and graduated from Orchard High School in 1947. She entered into the Sisters of Mercy in Cedar Rapids in 1949. Following her graduation from Mount Mercy, Sr. Pauline began her ministry in education, teaching primary grades in Edina, Minn., Cedar Rapids, and Oelwein, Iowa. She earned her master's degree from Creighton University and began teaching English at Mount Mercy.
During her 40 year tenure at Mount Mercy, Sr. Pauline spent a year at Palacky University in Olomouc, the Czech Republic as a visiting professor. She was appointed Professor Emeritus by Mount Mercy's Board of Trustees upon her retirement and began serving as an archivist for the Sisters of Mercy, and as a volunteer at Mercy Medical Center and the Mercy Medical Center Foundation in Cedar Rapids. Since 2006, she resided at Mercy Hallmar Care Center in Cedar Rapids in prayer ministry.
Service arrangements for Sr. Pauline are pending. She will be remembered for her delightful sense of humor and true talent for writing poetry. Mount Mercy President Christopher Blake, Ph.D., asks the Mount Mercy community to pray for Sr. Pauline, her family, and the Sisters of Mercy at this time.