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employment patterns over the next
Her own decision to pursue a career
as a professor - economics is her
specialty - was partially influenced
by her family's academic
Her father, brother, and sister all
earned their doctorate degrees and
her mother had a master's. Her
mother-in-law received a medical
degree in 1912.
"IT WAS A CULTURE I was raised
in, and I feel comfortable in," she

says, and adds jokingly, "maybe it's
lack of imagination."
Still, she admits that entering the
male-dominated university world
presented "very difficult hurdles for
women to jump."
When she began her own ascent up
the administrative ladder in the late
1950s and early 60s, women were filing
discrimination suits against colleges
across the country in an attempt to
break down barriers that until then
had locked women out of executive of-
SHE CREDITS much of her deter-

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rides of
mination to plow new ground to the
advice and confidence given her by
Fleming, whom she met in 1950 when
both were students at the University
of Wisconsin.
Fleming had finished his law degree
and moved on to the University of
Illinois when Newell's first husband
died shortly after their marriage.
At the encouragement of a mutual
friend, Fleming found Newell an ad-
ministrative position at Illinois in 1953
so that she could forget the death of
her husband and finish her PhD in
economics. She became the first
woman to teach in the economics
department there.
BUT THEN Newell married a
student she met at Illinois, and the
couple moved to Indiana to take
teaching positions. She joined the
staff of Purdue's graduate school of
business as its first female professor.
But tragically, she was widowed a
second time in 1964 at the age of 34.
She had a baby daughter on her han-
ds, and again looked to Fleming, then
chancellor at the University of
Wisconsin, for direction.
Fleming asked her to join his staff
as an assistant responsible for in-
vestigating policy changes under con-
sideration by his administration.
"THIS WAS not just sympathy,"
Fleming says, looking back on his
decision to hire Newell. "We thought
she was a very able woman."
Newell, too, says she "used a lot of
elbow grease. I am a hard worker. My
track record is good. I get the job
She moved to Ann Arbor in 1967 af-
ter Fleming was appointed president
during the days of student unrest. She

worked as his assistant, and then, he
appointed her acting vice president
for student affairs.
SHE WAS the only woman in the
University's central administration at
the time, and the first female vice
president in the Big Ten.
In the eyes of an explosive student
body, Newell held the most controver-
sial position outside of the president.
She remembers well her first day on
the job.
As she walked into the office, she
found the men's rugby team staging a
sit-in in protest of administration
plans to pave over the rugby field.
NEWELL MANAGED to convince
the University's planning department
to spare the rugby field, but it wasn't
the last student confrontation with
which she was to meet while in office.
Ultimately, students demanded a
say in the selection of the permanent
vice president of student affairs. The
hiring committee selected a man, and
Newell was forced to step down.
"We were having all kinds of
student problems and I said to her
'Barbara, even if you do the best job
in the world you're never going to live
down the stigma of me appointing you
without asking them," Fleming
DURING HER four-year term in
the central administration, she helped
establish the Residential College,
develop faculty evaluations by
students, expand University Health
Service, and eliminate racial and
sexual bias from financial aid
programs. She also helped set up co-
ed residence halls.
Newell went on to take an ad-
ministrative job at the University of
Pittsburgh and then the presidency of
Wellsley College.
In 1979, Joseph Califano, secretary
of the U.S. Department of Health,
Education, and Welfare, invited
Newell to serve as an undersecretary.
When she arrived in Washington,
D.C., however, she found that
Califano had been fired.
Carter offered her an ambassador-
ship to the United Nations
Educational, Scientific, and Cultural
Organization (UNESCO) in Paris. She
resigned in 1981 when President
Reagan took office.
She returned to academics - this
time as the first female to head up
statewide public university system.
As chancellor of the Florida State
university system - the fifth largest
in the nation - she served until last
Nowshe has made a full circle back
to a position as a scholar at Harvard.
She says she might enter the business
world, but professes that her first love
is "public service."
"I am much more interested in
social welfare, social change, and
quality of life," she says.

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Polish Foreign minister resigns
WARSAW, Poland - The Communist Party Central Committee yester-
day accepted the resignation of Foreign Minister Stefan Olszowski from
from the Politburo, state television reported.
Olszowski has long been identified with the hard-line wing of the party
and is said to be out of favor with Gen. Wojciech Jaruzelski, the party's
first secretary.
Zbigniew Messner, the new prime minister who replaced Jaruzelski in
a government shakeup last week, was to propose his new government to
Parliament on Tuesday.
State television said the Central Committee also accepted the
resignation of Kazimierz Barcikowski from the Central Committee
It said Warsaw Party first secretary Marian Wozniak was named to the
Central Committee secretariat in his place.
The television report, broadcast on the main evening news program,
said Olszowski resigned for "personal reasons" at a Central Committee
meeting in Warsaw.
Egypt foils assassination plot
CAIRO, EGYPT - Authorities foiled a Libyan plot to assassinate two
Libyan exiles by arresting a four-man "hit squad" as it assaulted the
farm where the exiles were staying, Interior Minister Ahmed Rushdi said
The arrest of the Libyans at King Mariot, a resort beach near Alexan-
dria, marked Egypt's third triumph over the Libyan intelligence service
in the last year. Egyptian officials believe that Libyan intelligence is
behind the plots.
Rushdi said the four, who entered Egypt across the desert border bet-
ween the two countries, were arrested as they prepared to storm the farm
housing the two exiles - former Prime minister Abdel-Hamid El-
Bakoush and Mohammed El-Ngaryef, a former member of the Libyan
Revolution Command Council.
AIDS patient in treatment dies
PARIS - French doctors yesterday announced the death of an AIDS
patient whose medical improvement they cited in a
dramatic news conference heralding an innovative
treatment for the disease.
Other physicians, originally skeptical of the medical team's report that
their treatment appeared to inhibit the progress of the virus, indicated
the experimental use of the drug cyclosporine-A might have contributed
to the patient's death.
Dr. Phillipe Evan, part of the medical team that announced the treat-
ment, said the 38-year-old male AIDS victim died Saturday night at
Laennec Hospital despite a "biologically favorable" response to the drug.
Dr. Jan Orenstein, associate professor of pathology and director of
autopsy services at George Washington University Medical Center in
Washingon, said cyclosporine, an immuno-suppressor, could have been a
factor in the death.
Reagan lays wreath for veterans
America honored its war veterans yesterday with parades and
memorials from New York to San Francisco. President Reagan laid a
wreath at Arlington, homefront women were honored in Ohio and the
Army saluted the late Gen. George Patton.
Reagan laid the wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the
Arlington National Cemetery across the Potomac Rived from
Washington and said in a Veteran's Day speech that military strength is
needed to preserve the peace.
But he added, "Peace is imperiled when we forget to try for
agreements and settlements and treaties, when we forget to hold out our
hands and strive, when we forget that God gave us talents to use in
securing the ends he desires."
South Africa threatens layoffs
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - The government, declaring that
"charity begins at home," said yesterday it may have to send home
thousands of foreign black workers if sanctions force more South
Africans out of work.
Minister of Manpower Pietie du Plessis denied a report in an influential
financial newspaper that the government already had approved the ex-
pulsion of some of the 1.5 million black foreign workers, many of whom
work in the gold and diamond mines that supply much of South Africa's
hard currency.
But du Plessis said "contingency plans" were being drafted to send
home foreign blacks if necessary in the future. "This action has been for-

ced on the South African government by those who favor sanctions and
disinvestment without having regard for the detrimental effect on in-
nocent people," he said.
"Since charity begins at home, the government has no option but to
give preference to the needs of its own citizens as regards job oppor-
tunities," du Plessis said in a statement issued in Pretoria, the capital.
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