Adelaide Wisdom Benjamin
Newcomb Class of 1954

Service and Loyalty Award Winner

Adelaide Wisdom Benjamin is a native New Orleanian whose ties to Newcomb College and Tulane University extend through many generations and span her lifetime.  As a wee child, she attended the Newcomb Nursery School.  She later graduated from Newcomb in 1954 and from the Tulane Law School in 1956.

A devoted Newcomb alumna, Adelaide has given generously of her time, energies and money to Newcomb College over many years.  As a member of the Mary Freeman Wisdom Foundation and the RosaMary Foundation, she was a persuasive voice in support of the arts and the Newcomb Nursery School on the Newcomb College campus.  She served on the Newcomb Children's Center Advisory Board, chaired the Newcomb Deans' Advisory Board, and was instrumental in rallying her class for its Newcomb 50 Year Reunion.  She also appeared in 14 productions of the Tulane Summer Lyric Theatre.

Adelaide is a member of the Josephine Louise Newcomb Society, reserved for those whose cumulative giving exceeds $1 million dollars.  In the 1990s, she established a teacher training fund at the Newcomb Children's Center in memory of her deceased brother, Bill, and commissioned a history of the Newcomb Nursery School, which has been at the forefront of childhood education in New Orleans for more than 100 years.  Without her efforts, much of this rich archival material would have been lost. 

Adelaide's extensive community resume spans many decades and her efforts have benefited many sectors of the New Orleans community, including the New Orleans Symphony, the National D-Day Museum, the Girl Scout Council of Southeast Louisiana, Louise S. McGehee School, and the Louisiana Museum Foundation Board.

All who know Adelaide are immediately charmed by her wit, passion and sincerity.  She has been very generous and kind with her gifts and her time to Newcomb College and to its alumnae association over many years.  The Newcomb Alumnae Association is proud to call Adelaide one of her own.


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