Kathryn Lee Reily, a relative of 1982 King of Carnival, William Boatner Reily, III, became Queen of Carnival in 2002 [1-3].

Boatner Reily III was a major contributor to Tulane University [4], Vice Chairman of its Board of Administrators [5], co-chairman of its 1994 $250 million fundraising campaign [6], and the recipient, in 1995, of an honorary LL.D. (Doctor of Laws) degree [7].

The Reily ascension to royalty is well earned.  The Reily Family Foundation contributed $34 million to Tulane University Hospital and Clinic for construction of the Reily Foundation Pavilion which opened in 1991 [8,9], and it helped build the Reily Student Recreation Center [10].

All toast the Queen!

References and Notes

  1. "The party begins," The Times-Picayune, February 12, 2002, p. A-1.

  2. "Queen Katy," ibid., p. E-1.

  3. "Round of revelry," The Times-Picayune, February 17, 2002, p. E-1.

  4. Report of the President, 1993-1994, Tulane Office of Institutional Advancement, p. 38.

  5. "Board of Administrators," Tulane Faculty/Staff Directory, 80-81, p. 32.

  6. Partnerships, Summer 1994, Tulane Office of Institutional Advancement.

  7. Partnerships, Fall 1995, Tulane Office of Institutional Advancement.

  8. "General Information," www.sph.tulane.edu/general.htm (accessed March 4, 2002).

  9. Although Tulane University Hospital and Clinic was constructed largely through private philanthropy (the Jack Aron Pavilion opened in 1976 [11]), Tulane sold an 80% share of the health care facility to HCA/Columbia in 1995 for $132 million [12].

  10. Despite its name, membership in the Reily "Student" Center is available to the public for $900 a year while students and faculty are assessed at rates of about $200 and $300, respectively [13].  Except for Tulane's tax exemption, the Reily Center appears to operate similarly to other health clubs. It also hosts commerical health plans such as Humana, Inc.

  11. "Tulane Department of Surgery," www.som.tulane.edu/departments/surgery/chairman/default.html (accessed March 4, 2002).

  12. "Tulane-HCA partnership gets tax bill," The Times-Picayune, June 7, 2002, p. C-8.

  13. "Tulane University Reily Student Recreation Center Membership Fee Schedule," www.tulane.edu/~camprec/text/membership/fee1.html (accessed March 4, 2002).

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