Awards to be Presented at Reunion

Each year Barnard honors extraordinary alumnae at Reunion

Distinguished Alumna Award

Woman of Achievement Award

Service to Barnard Award

Millicent Carey McIntosh Feminism Award

Young Alumna Award

Honorees are selected by the Alumnae Association Awards Committee based on nominations from alumnae. Awards are presented at the Annual Awards Ceremony and Gala Dinner during Reunion Weekend. All our alumnae and their guests are welcome to register to attend award presentations and all other Reunion events.


The Distinguished Alumna Award was established in 1967 as a way to honor and inspire outstanding Barnard women. The award is given each year at Reunion to an alumna who personifies the ideals of excellence of a liberal arts education and who has achieved considerable public or professional distinction and recognition in her chosen field of endeavor. 1-2 awards may be given per year.

Following is a list of past recipients of this award:

1968 Dorothy Flagg Leet '17
1969 Eleanor Tournoff Glueck '19
1970 Alice Kohn Pollitzer '93
1971 Margaret Mead '23
1972 Iphigene Ochs Sulzberger '14
1973 Eleanor Rosenberg '29
1974 Leonie Adams '22
1975 Henrietta Swope '25
1976 Mirra Komarovsky '26
1977 Babette Deutsch '17
1978 Louise Adams Holland '14
1979 Elizabeth Hall Janeway '35
1980 Helen M. Ranney '41
1981 Mary Opdycke Peltz '20
1982 Sally Falk Moore '43
1983 Hortense Calisher '32
1983 Elizabeth Man Sarcka '17
1984 Edith Spivack '29
1985 Muriel Fox '48
1986 Doris M. Milman '38
1987 Jacqueline Barton '74
1987 Celine Marcus '30
1988 Dame Anne Warburton '46
1989 Ellen V. Futter '71
1990 Louise Rosenblatt '25
1991 Phyllis Eitingon Grann '58
1991 Julia Carson White '44
1992 Helene Kaplan '53
1993 Natalie Angier '78
1994 Anna Quindlen '74
1995 Rosellen Brown '60

1997 Madeleine Stern '32
1997 Jessica Pernitz Einhorn '67
1997 June Jordan '57
1998 Elspeth Davies Rostow '38
1999 Nancy Neveloff Dubler '64
2000 Grace Chin Lee Boggs '35
2000 Hendrika Bestebreurtje Cantwell ‘45
2001 Ellen “Pucky” Violett '46
2001 Linda Rappaport Ferber '66
2002 Ruth Gottesman '52
2002 Susan Baer '72
2003 Rochelle Hirschhorn '53
2004 Anna Johnston Diggs Taylor '54
2005 Roberta Cohen '60
2006 Constance Hess Williams '66
2007 Marian Heineman Rose '42
2008 Gertrude Neumark Rothschild '48
          Donatella Lorch '83
2009 Margot Botsford '69
          Maria Hinojosa '84
2010 Linda Kaufman Kerber '60
          Thulani Davis '70
2011 Alessandra Comini '56
          Tamar Lewin '71
2012 Sheila Levrant de Bretteville '62
           Rebecca Goldstein '72
          Jamienne Studley '72
2013 Susan Kaufman Purcell '63
           Harriet Schaffer Rabb '63
           Lida Orzeck '68
2014 Louise McCagg ’59
          Sheila Abdus-Salaam ’74
          Beth Seidenberg ’79

The woman of achievement award was established in 1979 under the auspices of the Alumnae Reunion Committee. It is given to honor and acknowledge the recipient's excellence and achievement in her career and her dedication and contribution to the quality of life and the improvement of society. It is one of the highest honors the Alumnae Association bestows. One award may be given per year.

Following is a list of past recipients of this award:

1979 Phyllis Hagmoe Lamphere '43
1980 Ruth Bader Ginsburg
1981 Ada Louise Huxtable
1982 not awarded
1983 Erica Mann Jong '63
1984 Susan Levitt Stamberg '59
1985 Barbara Novak '50
1986 Francine du Plessix Gray '52
1987 Belva Plain '37
1988 Maxine Meyer Greene '38
1989 not awarded
1990 Mary Gordon '71
1991 Suzanne Vega '81
1992 Jane Wyatt Ward '32
1993 Twyla Tharp '63
1994 not awarded
1995 Edwidge Danticat '90
1996 not awarded

1997 Susan Weber Soros '77
1998 Martha Kostyra Stewart '63
1999 Marilyn Gold Laurie '59
2000 Ntozake Shange ‘70
2001 Dr. Helene Gayle '76
2002 Fran Sussner Rodgers '67
2003 Judith Smith Kaye '58
2004 Joan Rivers
2005 Robin Wagner '80
2006 Martha Nelson '76
2007 Susan Krown '67
2008 Constance Benjamin Clery '53
2009 Alison Estabrook '74
2010 Sheila Nevins '60
2011 Beryl Benacerraf '71
2012 Liz Neumark '77
2013 Cyndi Stivers '78
2014 Laurie Anderson ’69 

The Alumnae Recognition Award (now called the Award for Service to Barnard) was established in 1975 to honor alumnae volunteers for outstanding service and devotion to Barnard College. Up to three awards may be given per year.

Following is a list of past recipients of this award:

1975 Alice McTammany Fehrenbach '31
Elizabeth Hughes Gossett '29
Nanette Hodgman Hayes '40


Esther Grabelsky Biederman '31
Ellen O'Gorman Duffy '08
Cecilia Diaz Norris '46


Dorothy Nolan Sherman '35
Catherine Baldwin Woodbridge '27
Lucy Morgenthau Heineman '15


Hester Rusk '12
Ruth Saberski Goldenheim '35
Marjorie Marks Bitker '27


Edith Mulhall Achilles '14
Marcelle Appel Agus '64
Cecile Parker Carver '46


Florrie Holzwasser '11
Madeline Hooke Rice '25
Sally Salinger Lindsay


Madeline Russell Robinton '29
Else Zorn Taylor '31
Barbara Glaser Sahlman '53


Joan Sperling Lewinson '13
Alison Gibb Swanberg '62
Helen Lachman Valentine Hertz '43
Arthur G. Altschul (first non-alumna, awarded Alumnae Council 1982)

1983 Amelia de del Rio (Memorable Teacher at Barnard, Alumnae Council 1983)


Barbara Heinzen Colby '42
Lucy Appleton Garcia-Mata '36
Cecile Singer '50
Barbara Bergman Goltz '66
Andrea Katz Stimmel '76
The Class of 1959
Arthur Ross (awarded at Alumnae Council '85)

1986 Eloise Ashby Andrus '52
Audrey Middlebrook DeVoto '46
Lillian Harris Planer '24
Jane Weidlund '46 (awarded at Alumnae Council '86)


Linda Krakower Green '69
Pamela Munro-Favere '69
Murrie Weinger Burgan '61
The Class of 1962
(awarded at Alumnae Council '87)


Classes of 1929*, 1936*, 1948*, 1959*, 1962*, 1972*, and 1982*
(awarded at Alumnae Council '89)


Barnard Alumnae of Delaware Valley,
Classes of 1931*, 1933*, 1935*, 1940*, and 1960** (awarded at Alumnae Council '90)


Classes of 1936*, 1938*, 1941*, 1959*, 1961**
and to the Barnard Club of Boston and the Barnard Club of Chicago
Presented by Sheila C. Gordon '63, AABC President (awarded at Alumnae Council '91)


Class of 1942 for highest percent of participation in the Annual Fund during the Reunion year and for highest dollar amount raised for the Annual Fund during the Reunion year.
(awarded at Alumnae Reunion '92)


Irma Socci Moore '50
Barbara C. Schmitter

1999 Nanette Hodgman Hayes '40
(Lifetime Achievement)

2002 Ethel Greenfield Booth '32
2003 Helene Finkelstein Kaplan '53

Carol Cohen '59
Francoise Kelz '44

2005 Caroline Duncombe Pelz '40
Diana Touliatou Vagelos '55


Mary Louise Reid '46
Toni Crowley Coffee '56


Elizabeth “Bettina” Blake '52


Nora Robell '48
Margaret Underwood Lourie '53
Constance Alexander Krueger '53


Arlene Kelley Winer '54
Daphne Fodor Philipson '69


Roselin Wagner ’50
Miriam Zadek ’50
Camille Kiely Kelleher ’70

 2011 Adair Brasted Gould '36
Nora Percival '36
Janet Bersin Finke '56
 2012 Rhoda Berley '57
Rosalind Gordon '62
Harriet Inselbuch '62
 2013  Linda Barrows '73
Merri Rosenberg '78
Lorraine Chrisomalis-Valisiadis '83
 2014 Ruth Musicant Feder ’49
Georgianna Pimentel Contiguglia ’64
Margarita Brose ’84
Amy Lai ’89

* for outstanding fundraising performance during Annual Fund Year.
** for an outstanding Reunion celebration.

The Millicent Carey McIntosh Feminism Award was established in 2004 to honor a woman who exemplifies the strong, independent traditions of Barnard. She personifies Barnard's commitment to the education of women and our graduates' influence throughout society. One award may be given per year.

Following is a list of past recipients of this award:

2004 Paula Kassel '39
2006 Betsy Wade '51
2007 Ruth Nemzoff '62
2008 Francine Stein '63
2009 Estelle Freedman '69
           Ann Brashares '89
2010 Nancy Duff Campbell '65
2011 Bonnie Sherr Klein '61
          Claudia Ford '76
2012 Ronnie Eldridge '52
2013 Janet Axelrod '73
           Susan Celia Swan '88
2014 Nancy Biberman ’69
           Leslie Calman ’74

YOUNG ALUMNA AWARD (15 years out or fewer)
The Young Alumna Award was first granted it 2002. It is awarded to an alumna who has shown outstanding achievement in her field of interest. The recipient must have graduated 15, 10, or 5 years before Reunion. One award may be given per year.

Following is a list of past recipients of this award:

2002 Deborah Feyerick '87
2003 Cynthia Nixon '88
2004 Jhumpa Lahiri '89
2005 Sara Strang '95
2007 Amy Richards '92
2008 Jamie Babbit '93
2009 Joya Banerjee '04
2010 Stephanie Drescher Gorman '95
2011 Erinn Smart '01
2012 Courtney Martin '02
2013 Julianna Goldman '03,
          Jieh Greeney '03
2014 Elizabeth Kennedy '99

Columbia University Alumni Medal

The Alumni Medal, first awarded in 1933, recognizes alumni for distinguished service of 10 years or more to the University—including its schools, alumni associations, regional clubs, and University-wide initiatives. Learn more

Barnard alumnae who have received the Columbia University Alumni Medal (alphabetical order):

Rosa Alonso '82 BU94


Marion Patterson Ames '37


Esther Biederman '31


Margarita Brose '84


Hilma Carter '45 GF47


Toni Crowley Coffee '56


Carol Cohen '59 GF61


Lisa Phillips Davis '76


Eleanor Elliott '48


Alexis Gelber '74 JN80


Sheila Gordon '63 GF75


Blanche Graubard '36


Patricia Green '62 TC63


Evelyn Langlieb Greer '70 Law '73


Barbara Silver Horowitz '55 TC74  & Gedale Horowitz CC '53, Law '55 parents '83


Lois A. Jackson '73 DN77 DN80


Helene Kaplan '53 HO90


Constance Krueger '53


Carol Murray Lane '60


Margaret Lourie '53


Helen Pond McIntyre '48


Catherine Michaelson '71 IA73 BU78


Maureen McCann Miletta '50


Cheryl Glicker Milstein '82


Patricia Harrigan Nadosy '68 BU70


Caroline Duncombe Pelz '40


Philippa Feldman Portnoy '86 BU90


Elise Pustilnik '53


Mary Louise Stewart Reid '46 GF48


Wendy Supovitz Reilly '63


Patricia Cady Remmer '45


Marilyn Rich Rosenblatt '52


Charlotte Hanley Scott '47


Joyce Seidman Shankman '55


Edith Spivack '29 Law '32


Renee Becker Swartz '55


Dorothy Weinberger '53


Virginia Bloedel Wright '51


Miriam Scharfman Zadek '50 SW52


Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Personal Histories: Multicultural Memoirs
This class explores contemporary memoirs by writers from diverse social backgrounds. Personal narratives are profoundly shaped by differences in race, class, ethnicity, gender, and geography—as well as the specific historical context in which a life unfolds.

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Women's Cultures/Women's Lives
Women's Culture/Women's Lives is a reading group that explores contemporary fiction and memoir by women of many cultures—with the inclusion of a classic or two and, to round things out, an occasional male author writing about women.

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Seeking Your Voice: Poetry Workshop
This workshop with Patricia Brody offers both passion for the observation and writing of poetry, as well as support for each student’s journey, in each new poem.

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Reunion 2015 Class Books
Reunion 2015 Class Books are available for purchase.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

PHILADELPHIA Class of '09 Mini Reunion
Alumnae from across the country have agreed to host mini-reunions in their local cities to reconnect with old friends and meet new fellow ’09-ers in their area.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Alma Maters: Navigating the College Admissions Process
Learn about the college admissions process from the ultimate insider: Jennifer Gill Fondiller ’88, Dean of Enrollment Management and Assistant Dean of the College.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Barnard's Junior Class Career and Networking Brunch
Alumnae, you are cordially invited! Please join the Junior Class for the annual Career and Networking Brunch. The Juniors are beginning to think about their time after Barnard and would love to speak with you regarding your current occupation and where your Barnard degree has taken you.

Greenwich Village Walking Tour
The Young Alumnae Committee invites you on a historical walking tour of Greenwich Village, led by archivist, professor, and Columbia alumna, Mary Brown, followed by lunch at Pasticceria Rocco.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

ATLANTA Class of '09 Mini Reunion
Alumnae from across the country have agreed to host mini-reunions in their local cities to reconnect with old friends and meet new fellow ’09-ers in their area.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Career Development Workshop: Planning and Executing Successful Job Searches
Planning and Executing Your Successful Job Search
Staying focused and positive while searching for a job or changing careers in today's tough market can be daunting. Learn strategies to move your application ahead and make your job search more manageable and successful.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

BWE Speed Networking
Mark your calendars! Barnard Women in Entertainment (BWE) is hosting a meet and greet. This is a great opportunity to put faces to names, reconnect with friends and colleagues, and learn more about what BWE has in store for 2015.

Join the Bridg-it Team for Screening and Discussion of "Mentor"
“Mentor” follows the families of two victims as they uncover the heartbreaking abuse inflicted on their children at Mentor High School. The families join forces and fight back, launching an unprecedented suit against the district for the death of their children. In a disturbing display of bureaucratic bullying, school officials destroy evidence and shred emails, meeting the parents’ pleas for justice with silence and denial. The message is chilling: bullying is an acceptable method of social warfare conducted by children, sanctioned by adults, that allows suicide to be regarded with indifference and ridicule.

Saturday, May 02, 2015

LOS ANGELES Class of '09 Mini Reunion
Alumnae from across the country have agreed to host mini-reunions in their local cities to reconnect with old friends and meet new fellow ’09-ers in their area.

PITTSBURGH Class of '09 Mini Reunion
Alumnae from across the country have agreed to host mini-reunions in their local cities to reconnect with old friends and meet new fellow ’09-ers in their area.

Class of 1956 Mini-Reunion
The Class of 1956 invites you to a mini-Reunion starting with lunch at Symposium Restaurant followed by a 2 pm performance of Barnard/Columbia Dances at Miller Theater.

Monday, May 04, 2015

Career Development Workshop: Best Interviewing Practices to Land the Job
Interviewing: Best Practices to Land the Job
From preparing to interviewing to following up, this session will teach you how to navigate the interview process successfully and land the job you want. Strategize your answers to commonly asked interview questions, and learn how to handle the unexpected ones.

Thursday, May 07, 2015

2015 Barnard Annual Gala
Please join us at the Plaza Hotel for dinner, an awards ceremony and scholarship auction honoring Lida Orzeck ’68, PhD '72 TC, CEO of Hanky Panky and John J. Studzinski CBE, Vice Chairman, Blackstone. All proceeds from this event will directly support financial aid at Barnard, and help the College continue to educate exceptional women regardless of their financial means.

Fourth Annual Gala Nights
Barnard College hosts its Fourth Annual Gala Nights Celebration with an evening of premium cocktails, late-night bites, and dancing featuring DJ Tina McKenzie - Barnard Class of 2011.
All proceeds from Gala Nights will support scholarships at Barnard College.

Friday, May 08, 2015

CINCINNATI: Cincy Ivy Young Alumni Happy Hour
Please save the date! The Cincy Ivy Young Alumni Club is holding its next Ivy League and Seven Sisters Young Alumni Happy Hour in Downtown Cincinnati.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Career Development Workshop: Know and Grow Your Worth
Know and Grow Your Worth: Negotiating the Job Offer and Managing Your Ongoing Professional Development
You've been offered the job--now what? Learn basic principles for effectively negotiating your salary and benefits, and strategies for managing your professional development and advancing your career goals once you’re established in your new position.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Barnard Book Club
The next BCL book club will be held on Sunday, 17th May to discuss Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Drinks will follow at a local venue.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Barnard Reunion 2015
Celebrate the present. Connect with the past.
While spring always signals the season of Reunion at Barnard, the 2015 festivities will be particularly special, as it’s our school’s 125th anniversary.
We will be presenting a distinctive experience that will consist not only of the rich offerings of workshops, talks, and good times that you’d expect from a Barnard reunion, but will also serve as the extraordinary culmination of this milestone.
However, it’s nothing without you. That’s why the Alumnae Association of Barnard College and the Reunion Committee warmly invite you to Reunion 2015, Thursday, May 28-Sunday, May 31. Please join us.

2015 Alumnae of Color Dinner
All are invited to celebrate the diversity of our alumnae community at this annual Barnard tradition. 

Friday, May 29, 2015

Class of '63 Mini-Reunion
Our next class gathering will be at Barnard Reunion AABC Luncheon, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Friday, May 29, where we’ll have tables reserved for our class. If you live in the area or are just visiting, please come join us!

Saturday, May 30, 2015

2015 LGBTQ Tea
Join members of our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning alumni/ae community for this popular Reunion event open to alumni, allies, and guests from Barnard College, Columbia College, Engineering, and General Studies.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

LOS ANGELES Meet Jill Donenfeld and Enjoy a Light Dinner
Jill will speak about her book, cooking, and entertaining with style. Toast will be available for purchase and Jill will sign those purchased books.

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

The Galapagos Islands: 8 Days of Wonder & Amazement
Join the Alumnae Association of Barnard College for an exploration of the Galapagos Islands from October 7-14, 2015. Designated the first UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978, the Galapagos Islands have been described as a “unique living museum and showcase of evolution.” Undiscovered by Europeans until the 16th century, the Galapagos Islands hold a central position in modern history as the birthplace of the theory of evolution.

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