Rebecca Rice Award | Achievement in Profession

Pavel Curtis ’81 – 2017 Recipient

Pavel Curtis ’81 is a special case for an award which traditionally draws the highest number of nominations – a double threat, as it were, in software design and puzzle-making.

Curtis is well-known in the techie/geek/nerd world. During the 1980s he taught computer science at the Center for Talented Youth summer program. From 1983-96 he worked at Xerox PARC, where he developed LambdaMOO, a pioneering online community and still one of the most popular communities of its kind. He left in 1997 to become principal architect and co-founder of PlaceWare, a web-conferencing company that was acquired by Microsoft in 2003.

Curtis is equally well-known as a puzzle-maker. He says he has been collecting mechanical puzzles for as long as he can remember and began designing his own in 1999. He regularly attends the International Puzzle Party, a by-invitation-only gathering of hard-core mechanical puzzle fans and producers, and conventions of the Association of Game & Puzzle Collectors International. He also has entered a number of international puzzle design competitions and sells mechanical and jig-saw puzzles from his Web site.

Curtis was the first secretary of the Antioch College Board of Trustees following the reopening of the College in 2010.



Joan Argetsinger Steitz  ’63
Professor of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry, Yale University School of Medicine


David M. Epstein ’54
Emeritus Professor of Music, MA Institute of Technology


Seymour Reichlin ’45
Professor of Medicine Emeritus, Tufts University School of Medicine


Frances Degen Horowitz 54
President Graduate School and University Center, City University of New York


Cynthia Fuchs Epstein 55
Distinguished Professor of Sociology at The Graduate Center of the City University of New York


Ursula Herzberger Bellugi 52
Director of the Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies


Mark Strand 57
Poet, educator; Poet Laureate of the United States


Stanford Friedman ’53
Pediatrician, professor; researched relationship between physical disease, psychological issues


Kathryn Leary ’75
Entrepreneur, Leary Group Inc.


Arthur Lithgow ’38
Director, actor, educator; "Shakespeare under the Stars" 


Raymond Gambino ’48
Clinical laboratory pathologist; Executive VP Quest Diagnostics/MetPath Inc.


Jorma Kaukonen ’64
Musician, composer, guitar ranch/school owner, Jefferson Airplane founder


Atis ’62 and Judy Folkmanis ’63
Entrepreneurs; Furry Folk Puppets


Cliff Robertson ’46
Actor, director, writer


Carol Greenwald ’77
PBS executive producer; developed “Arthur”; multiple Emmy awards


Robert Zevin 59
Investment banker; Father of Socially Responsible Investing


Gregory Orr 69
Greg Orr is a poet and teaches at the University of Virginia, where he founded the MFA Program in Writing in 1975. He is the author of a number of works of poetry, prose and nonfiction, and has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship as well as two fellowships from the National Endowment of the Arts.


Timothy D. Barrett ’73
Timothy Barrett is an internationally recognized master craftsman and paper historian who is preserving and enhancing the art of hand-papermaking through his work as a practitioner, scholar, and teacher. Combining the skills of artist, ethnographer, scientist, and historian, he documents and demonstrates centuries-old hand-papermaking practices that may otherwise be lost.


Warren Bennis ’51
Leadership guru. Professor of Business Administration and founding chairman of the Leadership Institute at the University of Southern California, former chair of the organization studies department at Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Cary Nelson ’67 
Cary has been president of the American Association of University Professors; he is professor emeritus at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; author or editor of more than 20 books, including “Higher Education Under Fire,” “Will Teach For Food: Academic Labor In Crisis,” “Manifesto Of A Tenured Radical” and “Academic Keywords: A Devil's Dictionary For Higher Education.”


Robin Herbert MD ’76
Robin’s medical career has been dedicated to the prevention, treatment, and fair compensation of workers with occupationally-related illnesses.  Principal work treating workers and volunteers exposed to toxic dusts after the collapse of the World Trade Centers as well as workers with musculoskeletal disorders as a result of repetitive work.


Lila Gleitman '52
Lila taught linguistics at Swarthmore College and has done research on language acquisition at the University of Pennsylvania Department of Psychology. She is past President of the Linguistic Society of America and of the Society for Philosophy and Psychology.


Julia Reichert '70
Julia has been called a godmother of the American independent film movement and is a three time Oscar nominee. Her film GROWING UP FEMALE was the first feature documentary of the modern Women's Movement and was chosen for inclusion on the National Film Registry.


John Corty '59
John is an American film director and animator. He has won an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature and several other major awards. He is described by the film critic Leonard Maltin as "a principled filmmaker who has worked both outside and within the mainstream, attempting to find projects that support his humanistic beliefs".