Rebecca Wetherill Howard Madsen was born in Philadelphia, PA to Thomas Benton Howard and Gertrude Tiers Howard. She is married to Stephen Stewart Madsen and together they have four children Stephen Stewart Madsen, Jr., Lawrence Wetherill Madsen, Christina Wetherill Madsen and Benton Howard Madsen. She attended Princeton University, AB, 1978; the University of Cambridge, England, Honours B.A in Law, 1982 and the University of Virginia, LLM, 1983. Her occupations include attorney, wife and mother. She is also a Board member and serves as an advisor for numerous hereditary societies.

Society Memberships

  • Colonial Dames of America (President General)
  • New England Historical & Genealogical Society (Member, Advisory Council)
  • Free Quakers of Philadelphia (Recording Secretary)
  • Hereditary Order of the Society of Colonial Governors (Councilor General)
  • Order of the Three Crusades (Troubadour General)
  • Order of the Crown of Charlemagne (Board of Councilors)
  • Baronial Order of Magna Carta, Templar Knights
  • Order of the Merovingian Dynasty
  • National Society Americans of Royal Descent

Other Memberships

  • New York Yacht Club
  • Cosmopolitan Club
  • Harvard Club of New York
  • New York Genealogical and Biographical Society
  • Honourable Society of the Middle Temple, London, England
  • Accademia della Cucina
  • IBLA Foundation (Board Member and New York Gala Co-chair)
  • Central Presbyterian Church
  • Blue Hill Troupe

 Other Interests and Accomplishments

  • Dance
  • Vocalist, The Hip Replacements (rock band)
  • Vocalist, Sundance (rock band)
  • Vocalist, Solo Cabarets, some classical performance
  • Lead Vocalist, The Hip Replacements (rock band)
  • Institute of Classical Art and Architecture, graduate of Beaux-Arts Atelier program
  • Member, Parish Council, St. Bartholomew’s Church
  • Knickerbocker Greys, Past President
  • Yoga, certified instructor
  • Various US Sailing certifications
  • Languages: French (Diplome de Langue, Alliance Francaise, Paris); Italian
  • President, Selwyn College, University of Cambridge Graduate Students Society, 1981-1982 (first woman and first American ever elected); Student representative to College Board, 1981-1982