Augusta Kamien was a freshman at Newcomb College and was walking along the quad carrying her piano books (she was going to play the organ in Newcomb Hall) when Ben Jacobs spotted her. Ben was in Tulane Medical School and music has always been a lifelong passion of his. He was smitten with Augusta and found out her name and how to contact her. He asked her out and she said no, but about four months later, he tried again and asked her to go to the symphony. This time she said yes. The next date was to dinner at Antoine’s during Mardi Gras. As they came to the restaurant, there was a huge line. Ben, whose family practically lived at Antoine’s, went into the kitchen to find their favorite waiter, Abraham, and Augusta found herself whisked to the front of the line and in the door. She was from a small town – Cleveland, Mississippi – and was definitely impressed! They dated for a little over a year and Ben popped the question by surprising her with a Tulane Bookstore bag. When she opened it up, there was a ring! Ben had already called Mr. Kamien and Augusta said yes!
Augusta’s mom went into high gear and chose almost everything, but Augusta picked out her dress. The gown was made with French illusion over white satin with Alençon lace. The cathedral train had layers of French illusion lace over satin. She carried a cascade of tuber roses and ivy with Royal Banquet orchids in the center. They were married at Temple Adath Israel in Cleveland at 7:30 p.m. and her parents hosted a reception for about 400 at the Cleveland Country Club on September 23, 1967. After a beautiful supper complete with music and dancing, Ben and Augusta headed back to New Orleans and their apartment in the Palmetto Apartments. It was very upscale, with lots of medical students. Because they were both in school, they had their honeymoon nine months later and went to Spain, England and France.
Ben and Augusta have always lived in New Orleans, and have two children and three grandchildren, one dog and a cat! Ben has just retired from his cardiology practice and will be so missed, but Augusta and their friends will keep him very busy.