President Augusta Kappner of Bank Street College and President Judith Shapiro of Barnard College are retiring after 13 and 12 years respectively, of leadership of two of the most illustrious colleges in the nation. They leave behind a legacy of passion for education and compassion for humanity in thousands of students who have studied at Bank Street and Barnard. They leave behind innovative programs, new buildings, increased enrollment and larger endowments. Most of all, as Walter Lippman the journalist said, they are leaving behind in others, “the conviction and will to carry on.”
The event was held in the historic 102-year-old Barbetta restaurant, owned by Laura Maioglio, providing an elegant setting, sumptuous cuisine and the brilliance of a gathering of academics, captains of industry and scientists. We missed Nobel Laureate Gunter Blobel (featured on page 15), husband of Laura Maioglio who was awarding the L’Oreal/UNESCO prizes to five women scientists in Paris at the time of this dinner.