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Scholarship celebrates legacy of spirited advocate

The legacy of community leader and philanthropist Jeanne Carpenter, J74, will continue to inspire and support students thanks to the generosity of her husband, Tim Waters, who has established a scholarship in her memory.

Those who knew Jeanne choose similar words to describe her: generous, selfless, dedicated, compassionate, funny. As an undergraduate at Tufts, she pursued her interest in political science, graduating magna cum laude and earning election to the Phi Beta Kappa Society. She sang with the Jackson Jills, played the lead role in the musical Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris, and formed extraordinary friendships with people who love her still.

As an alumna, Jeanne embodied the Tufts values of leadership and active citizenship. A partner in the Washington, D.C., law office of McDermott, Will and Emery, she handled complex trade, antitrust, and regulatory issues, and was someone to whom clients regularly turned for friendship and personal advice. She served 11 years on the Epilepsy Foundation's Board of Directors, and was the first person with the disorder to serve as the Foundation's president. She was a deacon at her church, and regularly tutored children from disadvantaged backgrounds. At Tufts, she was a steadfast and exuberant volunteer, consistently supporting her alma mater with her time and philanthropy.

"It is a testament to her humility that many of the more than 1,000 people who attended her memorial learned for the first time just how extensive her commitment to service was," said her husband, Tim, of McLean, Virginia.

"Jeanne had two great philanthropic loves - Tufts and the Epilepsy Foundation," he said. When he learned the Pritzker Foundation had offered to match gifts establishing new scholarship funds, he immediately knew what Jeanne would want him to do. "Jeanne was extremely wise and pragmatic," he said. "She would use this opportunity to double her gift's impact."

Tim has since established a scholarship, named for his wife, which helps increase the diversity of the student body at Tufts by providing assistance to students who would not otherwise be able to afford college. The Jeanne Carpenter Memorial Scholarship will keep Jeanne's extraordinary example of contribution and service alive for its recipients and for the entire Tufts community.

"Jeanne had a natural awe of life," her husband said. "She loved the beauty of this earth and found good in everyone she met. She was a faithful advocate and supporter of those in need and of those who were just fortunate to be her friends."

To make a contribution to the Jeanne A. Carpenter Memorial Scholarship, please contact:

Brigette A. Bryant
Senior Director of Development
School of Arts & Sciences
Tufts University - Office of Development
80 George Street, Suite 300-2
Medford, MA 02155
tel: 617-627-3732
fax: 617-627-3790