March 25, 2013 11:00 AM
As a crusader for economic justice for teachers, Newcomb College alumna Sarah Towles Reed was a guardian angel to her colleagues and a thorn in the side of her critics on the Orleans Parish School Board.
Reed, who graduated in 1904, is one of five women memorialized in the late Dr. Drewes’ $2.5 million bequest to Tulane University.
The gift will be used to support academic scholarships in the spirit of the scholarship that Reed helped Drewes win to Tulane during the Great Depression, says Darla Kemp, great-niece and caretaker.
Drewes went on to complete his medical degree at Louisiana State University.
Those influences shaped Reed’s idea of what women are capable of achieving, says biographer Leslie Gale Parr, who received graduate degrees from Tulane University in 1988 and 1994. “Newcomb made a deep impression on her,” says Parr.After graduation, Reed embarked on a storied career teaching New Orleans public school students. She headlined efforts to fight for equal pay for women and African Americans, overturned a rule that automatically fired women teachers who married and founded the first teachers’ union in New Orleans.
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