Barbara Boggs Sigmund

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Barbara Boggs Sigmund
Mayor of the Borough of Princeton, New Jersey
In office
1983 – October 10, 1990
Personal details
Born Barbara Boggs
(1939-05-27)May 27, 1939
New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
Died October 10, 1990(1990-10-10) (aged 51)
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Paul Sigmund
Relations Cokie Roberts (sister)
Tommy Boggs (brother)
Steven V. Roberts (brother-in-law)
Rebecca Roberts (niece)
Lee Roberts (nephew)
six (great-niece/nephew)
Daniel J. Hartman (nephew-in-law)
William Robertson Boggs (brother, deceased)
DeLesseps Story Morrison (second cousin, once removed)
William C. C. Claiborne (ancestor)
Children Paul Sigmund, Jr., David Sigmund, and Stephen Sigmund
Parents Hale Boggs
Lindy Boggs
Education Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart
Alma mater Manhattanville College
Religion Roman Catholicism

Barbara Boggs Sigmund (May 27, 1939 – October 10, 1990) was a daughter of the powerful Democratic United States Representative Hale Boggs of Louisiana, and Lindy Boggs, who became a Congresswoman from Louisiana after her husband Hale died in an air crash.[1]


A graduate of Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart and Manhattanville College, she taught at the Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart (Princeton, N.J.), which, in honor of her life, now annually awards the Barbara Boggs Sigmund Alumnae Award.[2]

Sigmund worked as a letter writer for President John F. Kennedy, and served as a member of the Mercer County, New Jersey Board of Chosen Freeholders. In 1982, she finished fourth out of nine in the 1982 New Jersey Democratic Senate primary, which was won by Frank Lautenberg (who went on to serve nearly 29 years in the Senate). The other two candidates with more votes were former United States Congressmen. She was elected Mayor of the Borough of Princeton, New Jersey from 1983 to her death in 1990.

Sigmund founded Womanspace, a Mercer County, New Jersey non-profit agency that provides services — 24-hour hotlines, crisis intervention, emergency shelter, counseling, court advocacy, and housing — to victims and survivors of domestic and sexual violence.[3]

In 1990, Sigmund died of cancer, aged 51, following an 8-year battle. She had lost an eye to the disease, necessitating an eyepatch. The patch became iconic when she attended events as the mayor, sporting an eye patch matched to her outfit.

Her siblings are Cokie Roberts and Tommy Boggs. In addition to her mother and siblings, she was survived by her husband, Paul Sigmund, and their three sons, Paul Jr., David, and Stephen.[4]

Though her political work was in New Jersey, Sigmund was inducted posthumously in 2005 into the Louisiana Political Museum and Hall of Fame in Winnfield. The Hall of Fame had earlier inducted her father and mother.[5]


  1. ^ The Political Graveyard: Index to Politicians: Sigars to Silon
  2. ^ Barbara Boggs Sigmund Award Archived December 29, 2006, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ 2006 Barbara Boggs Sigmund Award to NPR Correspondent Nina Totenberg By Linda Arntzenius
  4. ^ 1983: Mayor Barbara By Lauren M. Black, The Capital Century 1900-1999
  5. ^ "Louisiana Political Museum and Hall of Fame". Archived from the original on July 3, 2009. Retrieved August 22, 2009.