In loving memory of Carmen Guevara Neuberger
January 5, 1935 - September 5, 2018
A Life Beautifully Lived…
A Heart Deeply Loved
Carmen’s life was significantly extended by the care she received at the Dana-Farber Cancer Instittute in Boston, MA. In Lieu of flowers, gifts can be made to support Dr. Ursula Matulonis’ Ovarian Cancer Research Fund by sending donations in memory of Carmen G. Neuberger.
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284 or
Carmen's granddaughter, Andrea Wellins, produced and presented a video celebration of Carmen’s life: https://youtu.be/jVNo_jRTZmQ
Carmen Guevara Neuberger, E.D.
ACPA-College Student Educators International joins our higher education and student affairs colleagues in mourning the passing of Carmen Guevara Neuberger, ACPA’s Executive Director from 1995 to 2003, on Wednesday, 5 September, 2018. Our condolences and best wishes are extended to Dr. Neuberger’s family, friends, and to colleagues mentored and influenced by her reach throughout her full and rich life.
Before serving ACPA as its first Executive Director, Dr. Neuberger was president of The Tuition Exchange, a nonprofit educational organization that administers a national scholarship exchange program, Dean of Students and Associate Vice Provost for Student Life at American University, and Dean of Educational Services/Student Affairs at Dickinson College in Pennsylvania. More recently, she was with the executive search, consulting, and training firm of Greenwood/Asher & Associates, Inc.
Carmen’s influence extended broadly across higher education, as she also served in leadership roles with the Council for the Advancement of Standards (CAS), Southern Regional and Middle States Accreditation associations, National Catholic Education Association, National Association of Women Deans, Administrators, and Counselors, National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, Mortar Board, Phi Kappa Phi, and the Western New England College Board of Trustees. Dr. Neuberger was recognized in 1997 with the Ethnic Woman of Achievement Award from the National Association of Women in Education and in 1999 as an ACPA Diamond Honoree. Carmen’s contributions to higher education, student affairs, and ACPA will continue on through her planned estate gift as a member of the ACPA Foundation’s Heritage Society, and we are incredibly grateful for her ongoing generosity.
We will honor Dr. Neuberger’s life and lasting legacy with a memorial resolution at our Annual Convention in Boston on Tuesday, March 5, 2019.
This article originally appeared in the March 2016 issue of American magazine, as well as ACPA news.
To the Campus Community,
I am saddened to share with you that former Dean of Educational Services Carmen Guevara Neuberger passed away on Sept. 5, 2018, at her home in Alexandria, Va.
Carmen was born on Jan. 5, 1935, in Manila, Philippines, and grew up during WWII and the Japanese occupation of the Philippines. Living in Baguio, where her father was commandant of the Philippine Military Academy when the invasion started, Carmen escaped with her mother and brothers under blackout conditions and went into hiding. Her father was captured and held as a prisoner of war after surviving the Bataan Death March. At 14, Carmen and her family migrated to the U.S., where she earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland. Carmen married Jack Neuberger, with whom she had five daughters—her greatest pride and joy. When her children were in high school and college, Carmen launched her 30-plus-year career in higher education, starting as a secretary at American University (AU). In four years, she earned master’s and doctoral degrees in higher education at AU and was promoted to AU’s dean of students. She went on to earn her J.D. at AU’s Washington College of Law and pass the D.C. bar.
In August 1987, Carmen was named dean of educational services at Dickinson and served until July 1993. During her tenure at the college, the Division of Educational Services & Student Affairs grew in terms of programs and professionalism. Her accomplishments included expanding the range of health services, including increased attention to issues of sexuality and gender relations; a new Multicultural Affairs Office; improvements in residential life such as student-directed learning communities as a way to bring equity and educational opportunity to on-campus life; and publishing the first complete student life policies handbook. Carmen also headed the Select Committee on Greek and Student Life, which issued a series of recommendations that influenced the quality and nature of student life beyond the classroom.
Given Carmen’s deep interest in bringing together the Carlisle and campus communities, the division saw a tremendous growth in student volunteer services. Upon her retirement from Dickinson, Carmen generously endowed the Carmen Neuberger Award, which continues to be awarded annually to the graduating senior who, while fulfilling an important leadership role and maintaining an outstanding academic record, has contributed greatly to the college through the performing arts and to the Carlisle community through volunteer service—a generous and fitting legacy for Carmen’s years at Dickinson.
After leaving Dickinson, Carmen returned to Washington, D.C., to serve as the executive director of the American College Personnel Association, a visiting professor at George Washington University’s Graduate School of Education and the founding director for the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education. For almost 20 years, Carmen served on the board of trustees of Western New England University in Springfield, Mass. She encouraged her family and students to pursue excellence in higher education and any opportunity to learn by traveling—a passion Carmen pursued throughout her life. She was dedicated to equality, tolerance and respect, and advancing women’s rights. Carmen was an accomplished leader in higher education, a world traveler, and artist, and a devoted mother, grandmother and friend.
Carmen is survived by her daughters, Catherine (Carrie) Neuberger, Cynthia Neuberger Brooks, Carmen Neuberger, Christine Neuberger Amrhine, and Mary Jo (MJ) Neuberger; her partner, John Molino; her former husband, Jack Neuberger; and seven grandchildren. Friends may call at the DeVol Funeral Home, 2222 Wisconsin Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20007, on Friday, Sept. 21 from 6-8 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at The Basilica of Saint Mary, 310 South Royal St., Alexandria, VA 22314, on Saturday, Sept. 22 at 10:30 a.m. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery. Donations may be made in Carmen’s memory to support Dr. Ursula Matulonis’ Ovarian Cancer Research Fund at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284. A full obituary and online Guest Book for condolences can be found here.
Please join me in showing our support for Carmen’s family and friends during this difficult time by keeping them in our thoughts.
Margee M. Ensign