The Newcomb Alumnae Association (NAA) is the Newcomb College alumnae association at Tulane University. Founded in 1910 as the Alumnae Association of Newcomb College, the NAA is affiliated with Newcomb Institute and offers programing and services to Newcomb College graduates and all undergraduate Tulane alumnae. Our association includes over 30,000 women across the nation.
The NAA's mission is to strengthen personal, collegiate and professional connections among its members. The Association honors the legacy of the H. Sophie Newcomb Memorial College by supporting undergraduate feminist education at Newcomb Institute and Tulane University. This mission statement is provisional, awaiting NAA Board approval.
The Newcomb Alumnae Association Board of Directors is the governing body of the Newcomb Alumnae Association. Officers and directors are elected and appointed in accordance with the Bylaws of the H. Sophie Newcomb Memorial College Alumnae Association. To learn more about the NAA board, view the Board of Directors page.
Josephine Louise Newcomb founded the H. Sophie Newcomb Memorial College in 1886 in memory of her only daughter, Sophie. Her gift to the Tulane University Board of Administrators created the first degree-granting college for women with a university in America. Under the Renewal Plan developed in response to the devastation of Hurricane Katrina and the levee failures, the university’s undergraduate colleges merged to become Newcomb-Tulane College, enrolling both men and women undergraduates. To learn more about our history, view the History of Newcomb College page.
Ruth Rogan Benerito (1916-2013), Newcomb College '35; Graduate School '38
Inventor of non-iron cotton.
Lynda Benglis (1941- ), Newcomb College '64
Sculptor, known for her wax paintings and poured latex sculptures; notable works include Fallen Painting (1968), Mumble (1972) and Vittorio (1979).
Corinne Claiborne “Lindy” Boggs (1916-2013), Newcomb College '35; Honorary Law '78
Politician and diplomat; elected to United States House of Representatives (1974-1991) and served as United States Ambassador to the Holy See (1997-2001); mother of news anchor Cokie Roberts.
Emily W. Card, Newcomb College '63
Author, attorney, and finance guru; notable works include Consumer Reports Money Book (1995), Business Capital for Women (1997) and The Ms. Money Book (1990).
Carolyn Rossi Copeland, Newcomb College '76
Theatre producer and artistic director; served as Vice President of Creative Affairs at Radio City Entertainment (1998- ) and founded the Lamb’s Theatre Company (1979).
Caroline Wogan Durieux (1896-1989), Newcomb College '16; '17
International artist, lithographer, social satirist and author; director of the Federal Art Project (1938-1943); notable works include Andre (1933), Bourbon street, New Orleans (1942) and Fashion (1953).
Shelley Johnson Errington, Newcomb College '66
Received one of the first "genius grants" from the MacArthur Foundation; Professor of Anthropology at the University of California-Santa Cruz.
Mignon Faget (1934- ), Newcomb College '55
Artist and award winning jewelry designer; launched Mignon Faget, Ltd. with her first ready-to-wear collection (1969).
Mara S. Berman Giulianti (1944- ), Newcomb College '66
Mayor, Hollywood, Fla. (1986-2008).
Carlin Glynn (1940- ), Newcomb College '61
Actress, Tony Award winner (1979), and mother of actress Mary Stuart Masterson.
Shirley Ann Grau (1929- ), Newcomb College '50
Author of The Keepers of the House (1964), which won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction; other notable works include The Hard Blue Sky (1958) and Roadwalkers (1994).
Angela Gregory (1903-1990), Newcomb College '25; Architecture '40
Sculptor and educator; notable works include relief work on the Criminal Courts building on Tulane Ave., the statue of Bienville on Loyola Ave. and eight of the 22 famous men that surround the exterior of the State Capitol in Baton Rouge.
Victoria Reggie Kennedy (1954- ), Newcomb College '76; Law '79
Co-founder, Common Sense About Kids and Guns (1999); Wife of the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy.
Ida Kohlmeyer (1912-1997), Newcomb College '33; Graduate School '56
Painter and sculptor; notable works include Symbols (1981), Rebus 3D-89-3 (1989) and Aquatic Colonnade at the Aquarium of the Americas (1990).
Olga Merediz (1956- ), Newcomb College '78
Film and stage actress; nominated for a Tony Award for In the Heights (2008); other notable works include Man of La Mancha (2002) and Cry-Baby (2005).
Monique Moss (1970- ), Newcomb College '94
Dancer, choreographer and Tulane faculty; won Big Easy Classical Arts Award for Best Choreography for Jezebel (2000).
Meryl Poster (1964- ), Newcomb College '86
Executive producer, Miramax Films; notable works include Chicago (2002), Kate & Leopold (2001), Chocolat (2000) and The Cider House Rules (1999).
Eugenie Rocherolle, Newcomb College '58
Leading American composer of piano repertoire.
Lourdes M. Rodriguez de Flores, Newcomb College '79
First lady of El Salvador (1999-2004).
Phoebe Washburn (1973- ), Newcomb College '96
Artist; best known for her industrial installations; notable works include Between Sweet and Low (2002), It makes for my billionaire status (2005) and Regulated Fool’s Milk Meadow (2007).
Elizabeth Weaver (1941- ), Newcomb College '62; Law '65
Michigan Supreme Court Justice (1994- ) and also served as Chief Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court (1999-2000).
Linda S. Wilson, PhD (1936- ), Newcomb College '57
Researcher and educator; served as president of Radcliffe College (1989-1999) and vice president for research at University of Michigan (1985-1989).
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