Established in 2004, the Reynolds and Ryan Families Endowed Scholarship Fund provides scholarship support for law students. The scholarship is named for Mrs. Vada Odom Reynolds, a 1935 graduate of Newcomb College, and members of her family, including her husband, Jack J. Reynolds, her daughter, Pamela Reynolds Ryan, and her son, John C. Reynolds (a 1969 graduate of Tulane Law School).
Vada Odom Reynolds was a civic activist and philanthropist, who gave time and energy as a volunteer to Tulane University, as well as many other charitable causes and organizations. She was appointed to the Tulane Medical Center Board of Governors in 1973 and was named to the Medical Center's advisory governors for life in 1988. She had also been a member of the Chancellor's Council, the Tulane Hospital and Clinic Auxiliary, and the board of the Newcomb Alumnae Association. Mrs. Reynolds was the Tulane Alumni Volunteer of the Year in 1993 and was inducted into the Paul Tulane Society in 1994. She was awarded the Chancellor's Distinguished Service Award in 1996 and received the Dean's Medal from the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine in 1999. Mrs. Reynolds died in 2003, at the age of 88.
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