Actress Zuzanna Szadkowski ’01, who plays “Dorota” on the popular TV series Gossip Girl, was mistress of ceremonies at the event honoring the recipients of the Frederick A.P. Barnard Award: Barnard outgoing board of trustees Chair and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Anna Quindlen ’74, and recently retired New York state Chief Judge Judith S. Kaye ’58, who was the first woman to hold the post.
“Anna, you have stepped in whenever and wherever to do anything for Barnard,” said Ellen Futter ’71, president of the American Museum of Natural history and former president of the College, in a citation read during the awards presentation. Quindlen has served five five-year terms as a member of the board. During her tenure, the Diana Center was completed and a presidential search committee tapped Debora Spar to be Barnard’s new president. Helene Finkelstein Kaplan ’53, former chair of the board of trustees, presented the award to Judge Kaye, saying: “even more remarkable than the historic place you held at the pinnacle of justice, was what you did from that place.” Among her myriad achievements was the overhaul of the state’s jury system.
Some auction items donated by Barnard’s dedicated faculty, staff, and alumnae, were lunches with some of Barnard’s distinguished graduates including Martha Stewart ’63, Fox News anchor Lis Wiehl ’83, NPR correspondent Susan
Levitt Stamberg ’59, author Erica Jong ’63, and Pennsylvania state senator Constance Hess Williams ’66. Thanks to auctioneer harmer Johnson’s expertise, bidding was brisk. A winning bidder paid $8,000 for a private tour of the AMNH guided by its President Ellen Futter ’71.
-photographs by Hilary Steffens, David Wentworth, and Chance Yeh/Patrick McMullan