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Notable Newcomb Alumnae

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).​​.

Newcomb College and Newcomb Alumnae in the News

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Obituary for Florence Ross Deer
August 7, 2020. Newcomb College alumna Florence Ross Deer ('55), of Little Rock, Ar., was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and the Rho Chapter of Chi Omega Fraternity while at Newcomb. Read more at The Arkansas Democrat Gazette.

Newcomb Loquat Lamp sheds light on glass craft, taught briefly at the New Orleans pottery
August 4, 2020. From 1895 to 1940, Newcomb College Pottery taught young women the skills they needed to support themselves as artists. Read more at nola.com.

Shirley Ann Grau, Metarie author who won Pulitzer Prize in 1965, dies at 91
August 3, 2020. Newcomb. College alumna Shirley Ann Grau won the Pulitzer Prize in 1965 for her novel "The Keepers of the House." Read more at nola.com.

Obituary for Patricia "Tricia" Ann Greene
July 30, 2020. Newcomb alumna and former NAA President Patricia Ann "Tricia" Greene passed away in Little Rock after a four-year battle with a degenerative nerve disease. Read more in The Arkansas Democrat Gazette.

Angela Gregory created Confederate monuments. But does her talent need more context now?
July 17, 2020. Fate of Confederate monuments made by Newcomb College alumna Angela Gregory called into question. Read more in The Advocate.

The most stylish 80-year old you've ever met
July 2020. Birmingham-based artist and Newcomb alumna Beverly Erdreich offers insight into her relation to art and the world around her. Read more in StyleBluePrint.

Parenting during the pandemic 
May 26, 2020. Julia Bland (NC '73), Director of the Louisiana Children's Museum, partners with Tulane to offer parenting advice during the pandemic. Read more. 

A woman's place 
May 12, 2020. A brief history of women's education at the turn of the 19th century, featuring Newcomb College pottery production. Read more in the Rushville Republican. 

'Haunted House of Lakeview' started in 1926 as a palace but ended decades later in tragedy May 6, 2020. Newcomb Alumna Martha Orchard's family home. Read more at nola.com.

Obituary: Vivian Rosenfeld Greene
April 30, 2020. Newcomb Alumna Vivian Rosenfeld Greene passed away peacefully at Berman Commons Memory Care center March 8, 2020. Read more at Atlanta Jewish Times.

Where coronaviruses come from and why we haven't eradicated them yet
April 1, 2020. Newcomb Alumna Dr. Sofia Curdumi Pendley, a former NAA Board member who holds Master's and Doctorate degrees from the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, provides insight into the origins of the COVID-19 virus and others like it, and why we haven't eradicated them. Read more at Business Insider.

Alumni Spotlight: Lisa D. T. Rice (NC '83)
March 31, 2020. In addition to her Newcomb degree, Lisa Rice holds a master’s degree in management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School and is a political innovator and social media activist in Washington, DC. Read more at Tulane Alumni Association.

United for a Cure
March 30, 2020. Newcomb College alumna and NAA board member Allison Shapiro Dandry is recognized for her fundraising efforts for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Read more at Biz New Orleans.

Ida Kohlmeyer: Cloistered opens at Berry Campbell
February 27, 2020. Kohlmeyer received her Bachelor of Arts in in English in 1933 from Tulane University’s Newcomb College. Read more on ARTFIX Daily.

Moses named to Lawdragon's Leading Family Lawyers List
February 24, 2020. Moses graduated from Tulane University with a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in social work. In 2012, she received the distinguished alumnae award from the Newcomb Alumnae Association of Tulane University. Read more on Mainstreet Nashville.

Trivially Speaking: In Praise of Women's Basketball
February 13, 2020. In 1896, bloomers were introduced as a basketball costume at Sophie Newcomb College. Read more in the Loveland Reporter-Herald.

French Quarter home is filled with antiques and art
February 6, 2020. Tour of former home of Newcomb College graduate. Read more on nola.com.

Ask Rufus: Snowdrops, harbinger of spring and hope
February 1, 2020. Snowdrop flowers adorn Newcomb College vase. Read more in The Dispatch.

Charbonnet, 81, loved community activities, Mardi Gras
January 29, 2020. Newcomb alumna Dottie Charbonnet dies at 81. Read more at Jackson Hole News.

The significance of Newcomb Pottery and where to find it on the Tulane Campus
January 8, 2020. A permanent display of Newcomb products in the new Commons building on Tulane’s Uptown campus now makes them more accessible to the general public as well as students. Read more in the Uptown Messenger.

Anita Pelias Georges, matriarch of large Greek family and key figure at annual festival, dies at 89
January 4, 2020. Newcomb alumna Anita Pelias Georges dies at 89. Read more at nola.com.

The story behind the defunct Miss Aiken's Primary School
December 23, 2019. Newcomb alumna Edith Aiken founded the school in 1917. Read more in the Gambit.

Jane Silverberg, St. Petersburg entrepreneur, philanthropist and activist, dies at 89
December 19, 2019. Newcomb alumna Jane Silverberg dies at 89. Read more in the Tampa Bay Times.

Susan and Carl Chase, an artist and musician who chose when to end their lives
November 24, 2019. Newcomb alumna Susan Chase dies at 75. Read more on The Boston Globe.

Décou-Labat Residences Dedicated
November 18, 2019. Labat and Décou became the first African American undergraduates to earn degrees from Newcomb College and Tulane, respectively. Read more on tulane.edu/news

Moses Named to Mid-South Super Lawyers
November 13, 2019. Newcomb alumna and artist Marlene Eskind Moses, an internationally recognized family law expert and founding manager of MTR Family Law, was selected for inclusion in the 2019 edition of Mid-South Super Lawyers. Read more on Main Street Nashville.

Obituary Holly Berkowitz Clegg
November 1, 2019. Newcomb College alumna and chef Holly Berkowitz Clegg is remembered by her family in Dallas. Read more.

Face of Wealth Management
November 4, 2019. After graduating from Newcomb College of Tulane University, Denise Emerson Rau left Louisiana to pursue an MBA and to begin a career in banking and financial planning. Read more on myneworleans.com

New CEO takes leadership role at Juvenile Welfare Board
October 15, 2019. Newcomb alumna appointed CEO to juvenile welfare board. Read more at Tampa Bay Newspapers Weekly.

Houghton takes over leadership at juvenile welfare board
October 8, 2019. Newcomb alumna appointed CEO to juvenile welfare board. Read more at Tampa Bay Reporter.

Berthe Amoss, award-winning author and illustrator of children's books, dies at 94
October 6, 2019. Newcomb alumna Berthe Amoss, who built a career as an author and illustrator while rearing six sons, died in her sleep Sunday at her Pass Christian, Mississippi, home. Read more at nola.com

After 47 years, 'Amazing Grace' retires from library
October 4, 2019. Newcomb alumna Grace Benson retires from the New Orleans public library system after 47 years of service. Read more at nola.com

Molloy announces new director for women's leadership
October 1, 2019. Rebecca Mark will take over as Director of the Institute for Women’s Leadership at Rutger's University. Read more at The Daily Targum

The reading life with Rachel Breunlin and Bruce "Sunpie" Barnes
September 29, 2019. Also coming up in October: Poet Morgan Parker will read in the Diboll Gallery at Newcomb Institute on Monday, October 7, at 7 p.m. Read More at WWNO. 

Pace Gallery celebrates Lynda Benglis with a mini-retrospective
September 4, 2019. Blurring the lines between painting and sculpture, Newcomb alumna Lynda Benglis' pioneering work sets her apart as one of the first women with the "moxie" to work with industrial materials in a bold way. Read more at Palo Alto Online

Vivian Gussin Paley, renowned early education researcher and Laboratory Schools teacher, 1929-2019
August 1, 2019. Newcomb alumna's fascinating research focused on how storytelling helps children learn, leading to developments in teaching strategies and a greater understanding of the role of race in the classroom. Read more at University of Chicago News.

Pincus Family Foundation gives $500,000 grant for Tulane Program aimed at curbing New Orleans violence
July 18, 2019. Newcomb alumna partners with Tulane Violence Prevention Institute to fund two year graduate training program focused on mitigating effects of violence on early childhood development. Read more at nola.com.

Felicia Kahn still going strong after 90 years in the movement
Felicia Kahn, the 90-year-old activist and Newcomb alumna, will be the second oldest delegate pledged to Hillary Clinton. She has spent a lifetime organizing for women's rights and politics, from volunteering with the League of Women Voters, to serving on the Democratic State Central Committee in 1972, and reviving the Independent Women’s Organization and serving as its president at age 84. Read more at the Uptown Messenger, July 7, 2016.

'Beloved' former Gretna teacher dies at 107
Mary Lou Lanier Fife was a beloved math and physics teacher during her 34-year career and lived to the amazing age of 107. She graduated in physics when she attended Sophie Newcomb College of Tulane University in 1930. She was a devout Catholic and served on the committee for the Eucharistic Congress, which had an audience of 65,000 Roman Catholics. Article Published on nola.com, May 31, 2016.  

N.O. artist’s exhibit opens June 2 with reception
Gretchen Reinike R. Eppling’s, born in New Orleans to the founders of the Reinike Academy of Art, displayed recent paintings and drawings at the Backwoods Gallery in St. Francisville. Eppling received her art education from Barat College, Newcomb College, and the Boston Museum School. She also has taught art to youths for more than 45 years. Article published in the New Orleans Advocate, May 25, 2016. 

Women in Business Q&A: Dr. Marsha Firestone, Founder and President of the Women Presidents' Organization
Dr. Firestone shares her professional knowledge by serving on numerous boards and advisory councils including: Women's Leadership Initiative at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, the Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), Enterprising Women Advisory Board, Forbes Executive Women's Board, Newcomb Institute Director's Advisory Council, the International Women's Forum, and The Women's Jewelry Association. She also sits on Mayor Bloomberg's Commission on MWBEs for New York City.  Read more in Huffington Post, April 15, 2014.

Newcomb College's "Dirty Dozen" on The Queen Latifah Show
Queen Latifah hosts, Janis Dropkin Smythe, Cheryl Joseph Zacarro, Linda Lewis-Moors and Carol Nathan McKegney, as they discuss their efforts to help rebuild New Orleans. Watch it on youtube.com, October 17, 2013.

An article on NOLA.com discusses Margaret Leonard, one of the Freedom Riders, and her ties to Newcomb College, her alma mater
Article published on NOLA.com, May 10, 2013.

Editors Susan Tucker and Beth Willinger discuss their new book, Newcomb College, 1886-2006, Higher Education for Women in New Orleans, after the 11:30 mark
Listen at WWNO.org, May 22, 2012.

Distinguished Alumna Award Recipient Marlene Moses (NC '72) is featured in the Nashville Ledger
Read more on NashvilleLedger.com, May 11, 2012.

Community leader Sharon Bourgeois (NC ’69)  receives the NAA’s Community Service Award for over 40 years of volunteerism in Acadiana
Published on Acadiana Gazette.

Alumnae in New York City  have the opportunity to see a retrospective on the work of groundbreaking artist Lynda Benglis (NC’64) at the New Museum
Read More at the New Museum and at The New York Times, 2011.

Newcomb alumna Julie Greenwald (NC ’91) chairwoman and chief operating officer of the Atlantic Records Group, spoke with the New York Times about her management style
Read more at the New York Times, 2011.

APS Member Dee Silverthorn was chosen as the Outstanding Alumnae of 2011 for the Newcomb Alumnae Association (NAA) of Tulane University
Article Published on The Physiologist.