Louis and Alice Jaffe

Louis and Alice Jaffe

As editor of the Virginian-Pilot’s editorial pages Louis I. Jaffe spoke eloquently against the Ku Klux Klan and Prohibition while championing a new fine arts museum and colleges for Norfolk. In 1929 he won a Pulitzer Prize for editorials he crafted on the horrors of lynching. Alice R. Jaffe was a former art history instructor at Old Dominion University who wanted a permanent way to honor her late husband. In 1987 she created the Louis I. Jaffe Memorial Fund to provide scholarships for graduate study in the humanities at ODU. The fund can also be used for graduate students studying art history at other institutions. However, if ODU establishes a graduate art history degree, then the Jaffe Scholarships may only be used for students studying humanities or art history at ODU. After Mrs. Jaffe’s death in 1994, a second Jaffe Scholarship was created to benefit graduates of Norfolk State University pursuing graduate work.