Donors Make A Difference: Sue Headlee and Jeffrey Reiman


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Jeff Watts

Sue Headlee and Jeffrey Reiman

What began as a donation of a garden to the economics department has turned into a legacy of giving for Sue Headlee, PhD/CAS '86, and her husband, Jeffrey Reiman, both professors emeritus in the College of Arts and Sciences

Headlee taught economic policy in the Washington Semester Program (WSP) from 1987 to 2010. The garden, part of the AU Arboretum, was given in memorial to her PhD advisor, Cynthia Taft Morris, and to the economics department for promoting her to associate professor and for enabling her to create two courses in economic policy, which she taught for four years after retiring from WSP.

Together, Headlee and Reiman, the William Fraser McDowell Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and Social Policy, are establishing an endowed scholarship in philosophy and, through a provision in their estate plans, the Jeffrey Reiman Professorship in Ethics and Political Philosophy.

As lifelong academics, promoting the humanities through their support was a shared priority for the couple, who split their time between southern France and DC's West End neighborhood. "AU was always good to us," says Reiman, who in 1970 began teaching at the School of Public Affairs' Center for Administration of Justice (now known as the Department of Justice, Law and Criminology) before joining CAS's Department of Philosophy and Religion in 1988.

"We hope that our gifts will promote the study and teaching of philosophy at American University."

For information on how your vision and charitable estate planning can create a legacy at American University, contact Kara Barnes, director of planned giving, at 202-885-5914 or, or visit