The Glazer Gardens and Bocce Court and Newcomb Pottery Garden were dedicated in memory of Judith and Morris R. Henkin on October 20, 2011.
At the dedication ceremony for the two garden areas and the
bocce court are Avie and Jill Glazer, a Newcomb alumna and
member of the Board of Tulane. (Photo by Paula Burch-Celentano)
October 25, 2011
A large contingent of Tulane University supporters turned out in force to dedicate the Glazer Gardens and Bocce Court and Newcomb Pottery Garden in memory of Judith and Morris R. Henkin, the parents of Tulane board member Jill Henkin Glazer (NC ’85). Jill Glazer and her husband, Avie, who serves on the President’s Council, donated the gardens in support of a broader beautification initiative for the university’s uptown campus.
“Morris took great pride in the accomplishments of his children,” said Yvette Jones, executive vice president for university relations and development. The gardens and bocce court are a reflection of Morris’s “love of people, fun and community.”
After sending both her children off to college at Tulane in the 1980s, Judith Henkin purchased a piece of Newcomb Pottery to keep her connected to the place where Jill and her brother Edward Henkin (A&S ’83) were coming of age. The Henkins lived in Eastchester, New York, a world away from New Orleans. Located near the Woldenberg Art Center, the Newcomb Pottery Garden dedicated in Judith’s name is filled with many of the flowering trees, shrubs, perennials, vines and ferns that inspired the famed Newcomb Pottery.
Shortly before his death in 2010, Morris Henkin returned to Tulane to see Jill receive the alumni association’s Alumna Volunteer of the Year Award.
“The love of Tulane and the love of New Orleans is probably something in the Henkin DNA,” said Avie, who serves with his wife on the Parents Council. They were accompanied at the dedication by Edward and Susan Henkin, as well as their daughters and niece, all Tulane undergraduates.
Tulane President Scott Cowen called the Glazers a “power couple” who have had a significant impact on Tulane, giving generously of their time, energy and resources to the initiatives that are priorities for the university.
“As far as I am concerned, they are the trifecta of goodness: parents, time, money,” said Cowen. “Jill has the best Rolodex on the board and she has found a way to connect the people she knows to Tulane in a meaningful way. The Glazers have found ways to support all the things that are important to the university, and by doing that they help us become a better institution.”
Senior Evan Nicoll, president of Undergraduate Student Government, said the bocce court is a welcome addition to campus life. While the court gives students a place to play between classes, the gardens offer seating areas perfect for reading and reflection.
“I haven’t talked to a single Tulane student who doesn’t love this campus, and projects like these are making it better all the time,” said Nicoll.
The Newcomb Pottery Garden, near the Woldenberg Art Center, Newcomb Hall and Josephine Louise House, is planted with flowering trees, shrubs, perennials, vines and ferns that are depicted on Newcomb Pottery. (Photo by Paula Burch-Celentano)
The Glazer Gardens, with fruit trees, benches, a student gardening area and bocce court, were dedicated in memory of Morris R. Henkin. (Photo by Paula Burch-Celentano)
Maureen King is a senior writer in the Office of Development.
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