The Claire du Nouy Fund for Joy in MS Leadership

About the Fund

Nightingale has established The Claire du Nouy Fund for Joy in Middle School Leadership. This endowed fund will preserve the philosophical approach to learning that Claire espoused her entire career—that joy is inextricable from the most effective teaching—and help Nightingale acquire, 培养, and retain outstanding Middle School leadership who are able to continue her legacy.

An extraordinary leader, educator, and colleague, Ms. du Nouy served in a variety of roles at Nightingale: a member of the modern languages faculty, Upper School dean of students, head of Middle School, and associate head of school. Ms. du Nouy had a deep love of the Middle School—years during which she said "a student's joy of learning grows in harmony with inspired confidence and an emerging independence." Under her transformative leadership, Nightingale's Middle School became a destination of its own, celebrating intellectual curiosity, the joy of discovery, and the excitement of taking risks.

Should you have questions or wish to discuss your gift, please contact Director of Institutional Advancement Elizabeth "Oz" Oswald at or (212) 933-6505.

A Celebration of Life

The extended Nightingale community gathered at The 92nd Street Y on April 14, 2024 to celebrate the life of Ms. Claire du Nouy. Voices from across generations of students, 女校友, and professional community members shared memories and gratitude for a most extraordinary teacher, colleague, and friend.

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The Claire du Nouy Fund for Joy in Middle School Leadership

“I believe that these years—often characterized as the trickiest in a person’s life—can and should be filled with joy, 想知道, and amazement at every step of the way. Our mission is to help make that happen.”

— Ms. Claire du Nouy