August 11, 2014 8:45 AM
Asher’s many decades of public service, including almost 20 years as an elected official on the Atlanta City Council, was cut short by her untimely death in 1995 and is recognized with a life-size statue in downtown Atlanta. This summer, Asher’s family created an endowed scholarship in her memory at Tulane University, so that her legacy may also live on in New Orleans for generations to come.
While at Newcomb, Asher served as student union president and was an active member of the Alpha Epsilon Phi sorority.
After graduating, she lived in New York City, and eventually embraced Atlanta as her permanent home. There, she volunteered as the president of National Council of Jewish Women and vice-president of United Way Southern District. During her tenure on the Atlanta City Council from 1977 until 1995, she was dedicated to serving the community and spearheaded projects like the Atlanta Community Investment Project, the Atlanta Loft Housing Task Force and the Community Reinvestment Act, which allowed city banks to finance housing for people with low to moderate incomes.
Asher’s daughter, Helen DuBow, a 1988 Newcomb College graduate, believes that Asher’s experience growing up as one of the only Jewish people in her small town inspired her bravery at an early age and her time at Newcomb helped shape who she became.
“It was an empowering place for women, and it prepared her for a life of service above self,” says DuBow.
Maggy Baccinelli is a communications specialist in the Tulane Office of Development Communications.
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