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Today is Founder’s Day! On November 9, 1886, the Administrators of the Tulane Educational Fund solemnly accepted Josephine Louise Newcomb’s gift of $100,000 to establish the first degree-granting women’s coordinate college in the country.

Founded in memory of Mrs. Newcomb’s daughter, Harriott Sophie, who died at the age of 15 of diphtheria, H. Sophie Newcomb Memorial College continued as Mrs. Newcomb intended for almost 120 years, superbly educating women to be bright and effective leaders in their changing world. Tulane needlessly dissolved Newcomb College on June 30, 2006; we still mourn the loss of our cherished alma mater. Those of us who were lucky enough to enjoy the Newcomb experience will never forget it and will always be grateful to Mrs. Newcomb for her most generous gifts.

Brava, Mrs. Newcomb!


Who should be the next president of Tulane University? Is it time for a woman to lead? An academic with a particular background? Someone with leadership experience beyond academia? A proven fundraiser? Who would be your preferred candidate?

While Tulane’s search committee works to find a candidate to lead the university, we hear from many of you asking — what could this mean for women’s education at Tulane? We do not have answers yet, but the questions themselves reflect alumnae concerns and should be heard.

Please send us your thoughts and ideas for the next TU president–either specific individuals or credentials and philosophical approaches you think the university’s leader should possess. We will gather your ideas–not your names–and send them along to the search committee. Our voice matters. Think creatively and let us hear from you at


We believe that this moment of change at Tulane and of the celebration of another Founder’s Day is a good time to reach out and ask if you like receiving the DaisyChain. Perhaps, by getting back in touch and sharing our news and thoughts, we can make a difference in each other’s lives and in the world. Let us know what you think. Send this newsletter on to others in the Newcomb Community. Help us refresh our database with current names and addresses to interconnect the community. Email us at

We would like to hear from you.

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News and Notes

In Memoriam:  Barbara Jeannette Gardner Payne, Phi Beta Kappa member of the Newcomb Class of 1945, died in Pensacola, Florida, on December 2, 2011.  Her full obituary is here:

In Memoriam:  Mildred Fossier, member of the Newcomb Class of 1935, died in New Orleans on December 4, 2011.  A proud supporter of TFoNC and a donor to the legal efforts to save Newcomb College, she claimed kinship with Mrs. Newcomb. She was the first woman to serve as a department head in New Orleans city government and she was a prominent environmental activist.  Her photo and more complete articles about her remarkable life can be found here:

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Lynda Benglis, ‘N 64, has a piece in Alice Walton’s new Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. Visit Arkansas Online at:, to view a photograph of the Lynda Benglis sculpture, “Eat Meat.”

Help Wanted

Desperately Seeking 1938 Newcomb College Class Ring

A 1938 alumna writes that she could not afford a class ring during the Depression but that she always wanted one.

In reply to our offer to join her in her search, she writes, “Thank you so much for your kind response to my plea. I have literally been searching for years without success, and your note gives me new hope that after all this time something good may happen.”

She has longed for that class ring for 73 years.

She has looked everywhere. Adler’s. Balfour. Yes, they did have them, but no, they did not keep the forms. Her class ring can’t be replicated.

Any clues, any suggestions? Do you have one you could part with? Know someone who may?

Please help if you can.

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