Recalling the Influence of Prof. Segal

Ludin Bosky

The Barnard person who influenced me most after I graduated was Professor Bernice Segal, who was chairwoman of the Department when I completed my training. The Barnard chemistry class of ’64 was the largest group of chemistry majors in the history of the College, perhaps because we were all the “Sputnik” group, or because of the awe in which we held Dr. Segal who brought us all together for tea in beakers Friday afternoons, picnics in NJ and an unforgettable or perhaps embedded in our minds lunch at her home the day that Kennedy was assassinated. I think that while at Barnard we were all terrified of Dr. Segal, I know I was. But she had a distinct influence on my life since that time.