Tulane Alumni Association




Dermot McGlinchey Lifetime Achievement Award 2005



Martin D. Payson

Martin D. Payson has never forgotten the warm welcome he and his wife Doris received when their daughter Leslie first came to Newcomb College in 1982; their son Eric was soon to follow his sister south in 1984. An invitation to join the Parents Council offered the Paysons the opportunity to participate in their children's education, "unlike most schools," Payson noted, and they were delighted to accept the invitation. They became members and eventually co-chairs of the Parents Council in 1985.

Payson's service to Tulane has extended will beyond his children's years on campus. He joined the Board of Tulane in 1991, and he has served as chair of the board's Finance Committee and its Health Sciences Center Committee. Payson has also served on the Campaign Executive Committee for  the university's Tulane for the New Century campaign, the Tulane College Dean's Advisory Council, and the Presiden'ts Council. Payson says that he enjoyed the entire process. He and his wife have also been generous benefactors to the university, for which they were honored with membership in the Tulane University's Paul Tulane Society.

Payson earned his AB degree from Cornell University in 1957 and his LLB degree, cum laude, from New York University School of Law in 1961. An investor and business advisor, he is a former member of the Office of the President and General Counsel of Warner Communications and vice chairman of Time Warner Inc. Payson was an integral member of the senior management team who built this major worldwide entertainment/media company over twenty years. He is currently a director of Panavision Inc. (OTC); Delta Financial Corp. (ASE); and Carl Marks & Co. Inc, a privately-held merchant banking company.

Higher education is fortunate to be the cause of choice for this generous man. Payson is chair of the Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn and the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, co-chair of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, and a director of the Jewish Museum. He is a member of the boards of Howard University, The Jewish Theological Seminary, and the New York University Law Center Foundation, and a past member of the board of New York University.

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