Barbara Knowles Debs

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Barbara Knowles Debs
Born Barbara Jean Knowles
Employer Manhattanville College (1975)
New-York Historical Society (1989)
Spouse(s) Richard A. Debs
Children Elizabeth Anderson Debs

Barbara Knowles Debs (born in 1931) is an art historian who was the president of Manhattanville College and in 1989 the interim director of the New-York Historical Society.[1][2][3]


Barbara Jean Knowles was born in 1931 to Stanley Freeman Knowles of Cranston, Rhode Island. On July 20, 1958 she married Richard A. Debs in Orleans, Massachusetts.[4] They have a daughter, Elizabeth Anderson Debs.[5]


  1. ^ McGill, Douglas C. (August 14, 1988). "Panel Will Seek Rescue For Historical Society". New York Times. Retrieved 2009-06-24. "In addition, Barbara Knowles Debs, an art historian who is known for her financial acumen as president of Manhattanville College from 1975 to 1985, has been named interim director of the society." 
  2. ^ Yarrow, Andrew L. (April 13, 1989). "Historical Society Names New Leaders". New York Times. Retrieved 2009-06-25. "The New-York Historical Society named Barbara Knowles Debs as its president and chief executive officer yesterday, and Norman Pearlstine as its new chairman." 
  3. ^ "An Acting President At Manhattanville Named by Trustees". New York Times. June 21, 1975. Retrieved 2009-06-25. "Dr. Barbara Knowles Debs, chairman of the art history department at Manhattanville College, was named acting president of the strife-torn institution today by the board of trustees." 
  4. ^ "Barbara Knowles Bride of R.A. Debs". New York Times. July 20, 1958. Retrieved 2009-06-25. "The marriage of Miss Barbara Jean Knowles, daughter of Stanley Freeman Knowles of Cranston, R. I., ..." 
  5. ^ "Elizabeth Anderson Debs Is Married To Stephen C. Turner". New York Times. June 3, 1990. Retrieved 2009-06-25. "In Connecticut Elizabeth Anderson Debs, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richard A. Debs of New York and Greenwich, Conn., and Stephen Carmichael Turner, a son of Mr. and Mrs. Kimball Turner of Edgartown, Mass., were married yesterday at the Greenwich home of the bride's parents."