Tulanians’ Impact

The Advocate and The Times-Picayune celebrated the tricentennial of New Orleans with series focused on events and people, including many Tulanians — from artists and writers to civic leaders, politicians and business people — who have made their mark.

In “300 Tricentennial Moments, 1718–2018,” The Advocate presents a timeline of significant events, including the establishment in 1834 of the Medical College of Louisiana, which would later become Tulane University. There’s also the invention by A. Baldwin Wood, an 1899 School of Engineering graduate, of his famous screw pump to prevent street flooding. Other events include the first Sugar Bowl held at Tulane Stadium in 1935 and much more.

In The Times-Picayune “300 for 300” series, 300 people, including more than 40 Tulanians, who impacted New Orleans history are recognized with individual vignettes and portraits.


Quint Davis
Quint Davis is “the mastermind behind the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, an annual extravaganza that draws hundreds of thousands to the city each spring and which has an annual economic impact estimated at $300 million.” Portrait by Sean Randall of Where Y’Art, as commissioned by NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune.

Father and son Arthur Q. Davis and Quint Davis are among those honored. The elder Davis was a 1941 School of Architecture graduate and architect of the Superdome and other iconic edifices. The younger Davis, from the class of 1970, has produced the Jazz and Heritage Festival for nearly 50 years.

Other honorees range from Paul Tulane, the philanthropist for whom the university is named, to current-day philanthropist Phyllis Taylor, a 1966 Law School graduate. Women of the Storm co-founder Anne Milling, a 1962 Newcomb College graduate, and her husband, King Milling, a 1965 Law School graduate and coastal restoration advocate, are included. Clarinetist and composer Michael G. White, who earned a doctorate in Spanish literature in 1983, is recognized, as is Staci Rosenberg, an early ’80s Newcomb, Law and Business graduate and the founder of the Krewe of Muses, a “high-rolling, shoe-tossing success since its debut in 2001.”