Paul Tulane Society Honors Benefactors

The Paul Tulane Society honors generous benefactors who have supported the university with gifts of $1 million or more.

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At the most recent Paul Tulane Society induction ceremony, Tulane President Michael A. Fitts celebrated the ways in which these thoughtful and forward-thinking individuals have transformed the university. This year’s inductees include:

  • Alumnus and former Tulane professor Robert P. Dean Jr. (A ’68) and his husband, Robert A. Epstein, established charitable remainder trusts to support student scholarships at the School of Architecture.
  • Veteran entrepreneur John Elstrott Jr. is a founder of the Levy-Rosenblum Institute for Entrepreneurship at the A. B. Freeman School of Business. He and his wife, Patty, established a legacy gift to continue their commitment.
  • Markham (A&S ’76) and Nancy Oswald are generous supporters of the A. B. Freeman School of Business and Tulane Athletics, as well as the authors of the Oswald Endowed Fellowship and Endowed Entrepreneurial Hospitality Fund.
  • Elizabeth Dabezies Goodyear and Charles W. Goodyear IV established the Oliver and Carroll Dabezies Endowed Chair at Tulane School of Medicine, which recognizes Oliver H. Dabezies Jr., MD (A&S ’51, M ’54), and his wife, Carroll (NC ’58). 

Some of this year’s honorees left estate gifts to Tulane.

  • A devoted psychiatrist in New Orleans, Leona Bersadsky, MD (NC ’47, G ’49, M ’65), made a bequest to create the Dr. Leona Bersadsky Scholarship Endowed Fund to open the doors to a Tulane School of Medicine education for female residents of Louisiana.
  • Robert James “Jim” Brennan Jr. (A&S ’71) left an estate gift to support Tulane’s highest priorities.
  • John F. Honecker (A&S ’68) included Tulane’s School of Liberal Arts in his estate plan.
  • Devoted Green Wave fan Alan H. Rosenbloum (B ’61) made a generous estate bequest to the university, establishing a legacy for the next generation, and also left his beloved Green Wave memorabilia to the university.
  • After a successful surgical career, K. Donald Ruppert, MD (M ’57), established his legacy at Tulane with the Dr. Karl Ruppert Endowed Fund.