Memorial Funds

The Elaine Combs-Schilling Memorial Fund

Elaine Combs-Schilling Teaching at Columbia


We have established an Elaine Combs-Schilling Memorial Fund through the Institute for Research on Women, Gender and Sexuality at Columbia University. This is a place Elaine loved and where she often taught her courses on women and gender. Our intention is to endow a summer fellowship for graduate students to do archival work in pursuit of their projects, so that even in death Elaine can continue to bring life and light to the careers of young scholars; and an annual lecture by a major scholar in the field so that her name and memory can be given an official place on Columbia campus in years to come.


Contributions can be made via credit card online or personal check.


Online contribution instructions: 

Here are some helpful instructions before proceeding to the donation page.

1. Under “Select a School or Division” please make sure to select the school or division as “Arts and Sciences (GSAS), Graduate School of”


2. Under “Select a Designation” there’s the option for “Combs-Schilling Memorial Fund.”















Please follow the additional prompts to complete the contribution. There are multiple pages.

PLEASE NOTE: On the second page the questions are NOT MANDATORY. Feel free to leave it blank if you have no special instructions. The contribution will be automatically applied in memory of Elaine if you have selected the drop down above for the Combs-Schilling Memorial Fund.

To continue to make an online payment:

Check Contribution instructions:

Checks should be made out to Columbia University and can be sent with the tagline “Elaine Combs-Schilling Memorial Fund” directly to:

Terence Roethlein

Manager, Communications and Finance

Institute for Research on Women, Gender and Sexuality

1200 Amsterdam Avenue

763 Schermerhorn Extension MC5510

Columbia University

New York, NY 10027

Memorial Donations to the Riverside Park Conservancy

Elaine in thNo one enjoyed Riverside Park’s many shades of beauty more than Elaine. She would admire it from the windows of her and David’s apartment and the two of them would cross the street at least once a day to enter their green sanctuary. Each walk was a magnificent time of reveling in the park and each other. Elaine took uncommon pleasure in the flowers, the red-tailed hawks, the Hudson panorama and the sight of children playing, but most of all the trees. Riverside Park has more than 10,000 elms, lindens, and London Planes, and though Elaine gave names only to her absolute favorites—‘High Tower’ and ‘Our Lady of the Forest’—she loved every one of them.


The Riverside Park Conservancy’s Tree Trust provides funds to take care of, and add to, these trees.

To make a donation in Elaine’s honor, please visit:
Once on the page, please select the Honor/Memory checkbox and enter Elaine’s name.