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As the AADC begins the countdown to our exciting 100th Anniversary in June, 2022, we recognize the contributions of so many people to the growth and success of our organization and its ability to connect alumnae. Our new “Legacy of Leaders” series highlights just some of the many people whose dedicated work has been indispensable in getting the AADC to the precipice of this magnificent milestone. They all have established an enormous legacy of leadership that will ensure the future of our sisterhood. Let’s celebrate them!

Regina Best Heldrich 42

Regina Best Heldrich ’42, who passed away in 2014, provided leadership and vision to the AADC. As a graduate with a degree in chemistry, she felt strongly about women being prepared for careers in the sciences. Her generosity and support of the sciences continues to make an impact. Click here to read about Regina in our story published on September 9, 2021.

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An outspoken activist as a student, Sheila Kelly Hampton ‘70 continues to have her voice heard even after 50+ years of working with the AADC. She has shared her political savvy, crafted messages, secured resources, rallied alumnae and garnered support and publicity. Click here to read about Sheila in our story published on August 26, 2021.

EmmaAndrewsWarren49atReunion2019Emma Andrews Warren ’49 became a trailblazer and a pioneer as she made history early on as one of the first African-American undergraduates to live on campus at what was then the New Jersey College for Women (NJC). Today, Emma is believed to be the oldest known living African-American Douglass alumna. Click here to read about Emma in our story published on August 12, 2021.


The name of the late Adelaide Marcus Zagoren ‘40 is synonymous with the Associate Alumnae of Douglass College. Her visionary leadership as Executive Director of the AADC for 26 years shaped the organization into what it is today. Click here to read about Adelaide in our story published on July 29, 2021.

Legacy of FederationThe New Jersey State Federation of Women’s Clubs of GFWC was awarded the AADC Medal for its dedication and support to the AADC and our alumnae sisterhood. We are grateful for their historic work and we treasure the bonds we continue to share. Click here to read about the Federation, published on July 8, 2021.

Victoria dabrowski schmidt croppedVictoria Dabrowski Schmidt ’42 has been a loyal supporter of the AADC since her graduation in 1942. Her leadership and generosity over the last 75 years have helped the Associate Alumnae of Douglass College serve alumnae. She is passionate in her support of the AADC. Click here to read about Victoria in our story published on June 24, 2021.