Eleanor Dodge Barton '38, chairman of the art department at Sweet Briar College, lectured on "Alessandro Algardi: A case history of a seventeenth century sculptor," part of program, “The Italian Renaissance,” in honor of retiring Leila Cook Barber, chairman of the Vassar art department.

Miss Barber joined the Vassar faculty in 1931 and, in addition to her memorable lectures and her seminars in 14th and 15th century Italian painters, she contributed to the residential community, leading the college’s wartime defense program during World War II and serving, first as resident and then as house fellow, in Josselyn House from 1935 until her retirement.  She was an early faculty supporter of the college’s decision to become coeducational.