"who had gone to Barnard and then married an architect who had gone to Columbia"

Columbia University in New York City was founded in 1754 as King's College, and is a member of the Ivy League. Originally a men-only college, it began admitting women in 1983.

Barnard College is also in New York City. It is a women-only institution, founded in 1898, and is one of the colleges of Columbia University.  It was a member of the group of women's colleges in the Northeastern United States which were known collectively as the 'Seven Sisters'.

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