Eva Thal Belefant, '49 (BardCorps)

Eva Thal Belefant, '49 (BardCorps)


Eva Thal Belefant


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"We consider it the Bard Family."


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Helene Tieger, '85


Eva Belefant enrolled at Bard two years after the college began admitting women. She remembers her admiration for Professor Adolf Sturmthal and as a result switching her major from Spanish to economics; maintaining a life-long relationship with Sturmthal and his family; entering Bard in 1946 with relatively few men on campus; her involvement with two International weekends [International Student Conferences] in 1947 and 1948, in which foreign students from many countries came to Bard for a conference on a designated political topic; cherishing a life-long friendship with Professor Frauenfelder who advised and counseled Eva during her first year at Bard; developing independence and maturity; experiencing Bard as a close-knit college between faculty and students; frequent afternoon visits in Faculty Circle; borrowing a winter sweater from Mrs. Frauenfelder during a first snow . She recalls that though Bard was a progressive college, she herself did not 'create her own curriculum,' but rather she followed the direction offered by her advisors in her college program. She also describes venturing onto the then off-limits Zabriskie estate [Blithewood] to explore the Hudson River; and reconnecting with her Bardian friends on a regular basis in Manhattan. Eva served on Bard's Board of Trustees from 1957-1962 as the first alumna representative. She was awarded the Bard Medal in 1976, and she was active on the Board of Governors.

Eva Thal Belefant died in 2015.


Adolf Sturmthal, Willie Frauenfelder, Felix Hirsch, Faculty Circle, Potter, Zabriskie Estate, Red Hook, Mike's [Bar], International Student Conference, Eleanor Roosevelt, Kit Ellenbogen, '52, Big Sisters, Selda Jerrold Steckler, '48, Charlene Obstfeld Newburg, '49, Lila Lesnick Scherl, '49, Irene Zimmerman Schultz, '48


Stevenson Library, room 402

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Eva Thal Belefant, '49 (BardCorps)