Leslie Hendrix ’73

Director, Abbot Academy Fund.

Leslie Hendrix graduated with the last Abbot Academy class of 1973. She obtained a BFA from Kansas City Art Institute and an MFA from Queens College. She went on to combine her love of painting with an adjunct teaching career at New York area universities, including Parsons School of Design, Fairleigh Dickinson University, and City College of New York. She then became an expert in computer graphic design, with a 10-year career as a designer and art director in medical publishing at Wolters Kluwer, then started and ran her own design firm, Hendrix Design, for another 10 years.

Leslie co-founded and continues to serve as Executive Vice President of the 29th Street Neighborhood Association, a civic organization dedicated to preserving the classic architecture and residential quality of life of one of Manhattan’s most-rapidly developing neighborhoods, where she interacts with state and local authorities over liquor licensing, landmark preservation and other quality of life issues. She is also the President of her coop apartment building, with responsibilities for every element of the oversight and structural maintenance of a 1920s loft building, where she has become an unwilling expert on the New York City Building Code.

Leslie was the driving force behind the creation of the Abbot Archives Project, which turned the previously neglected Abbot Academy Collection into a fully indexed physical and online resource for scholars of the history of women’s education. This project was partly funded by a grant from the Abbot Academy Fund.

Leslie continues to paint when the above duties permit!

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