2015 Horace Mann Award

(Victory for Humanity)



Richard Kaplan is a writer/producer/director in New York City who has won both an Academy Award and an Emmy Award for his work. Kaplan has numerous films to his credit, most notably The Eleanor Roosevelt Story, a 1965 Academy Award winner for Best Documentary; King: Montgomery to Memphis, an Oscar nominee in 1970 for Best Documentary; and The Exiles, an Emmy award winner.

In 1973, he served as an Executive Producer for The American Film Theater and has worked with such renowned performers as Marlene Dietrich, James Earl Jones, Liv Ullmann and Laurence Olivier. He is listed in Who's Who in America and is a retired member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Writers Guild of America. He has been a juror at numerous festivals both here and abroad and a frequent panelist for the National Endowment for the Humanities. In 1992 he was honored with a retrospective of his work in Bilbao, Spain where he was the Chairperson of the Festival Jury. This past year the Museum of Modern Art in New York City held a week long retrospective of Kaplan's work showing films from his over sixty years as a filmmaker.

In addition to an exceptionally diversified film and television career, Kaplan, who likes to describe himself as a generalist, has worked as a director and actor in both radio and the theater. He has been a journalist and foreign correspondent and has had extensive international experience as a participant in the United States Information Agency's Arts America programs in Egypt, Israel, India, Morocco, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh and has lectured on film and television aboard the QE2. In 1987 he organized and helped lead a Writers Guild tour to China.

Richard Kaplan is also an educator and has worked as a teacher, lecturer, and consultant. He was Adjunct Professor of Film in the School of the Arts at Columbia University from 1990 to 1998 and one of the founders of Columbia's Documentary Center and the organizer of its first documentary film series. He has also taught at the University of Southern California, University of Maryland, City College, Hunter College, Parsons School of Design and New York University.

During 1984/5 he was Associate Dean of Pratt Institute's School of Art and Design, and from 1987 to 1991 served as a Video Consultant to Harvard University's Graduate School of Business. From 1972 to 1975 he served on the Board of Trustees of Antioch College.

Richard Kaplan was born in New York City in 1925 and is a graduate of Antioch College, where he majored in English and Political Science. He served for three years in the U.S. Army during World War II and began his film career after doing graduate work in the Department of Cinema at The University of Southern California.



Walter E. Clark ’30
Owner and Director of North Country School, a progressive co-ed junior boarding school and summer camp committed to nurturing the promise of every child.


Donald S. Harrington ’37
Minister of NYC Community Church


Leland C. Clark Jr. ’41
The “Edison of Medicine” developed the first heart-lung machine


A. Eugene Adams ’30
Assistant VP for First National City Bank, NYC


Barrett Hollister ’36
Professor of Political Science, Antioch College; International American Friends


Peter H. Irons ’66
Emeritus Professor of Political Science at the University of California San Diego and an author on legal history. American political activist, civil rights attorney, legal scholar, and professor of political science. In 1963 he was issued a 3 year sentence at the Federal Correctional Institution in Danbury, CT, for refusing military induction.


Stephen Jay Gould ’63
Author and Harvard professor of paleontology, evolutionary biology and the history of science

Ernest Morgan ’29
Antioch Publishing, the original division of The Antioch Company, was founded by Ernest Morgan, that time was a student at Antioch


Marguerite Ross Barnett ’64
African-American political scientist; administrator and university president (University of Houston).


Amel R. Menotti ’37
Vice President of scientific affairs, and head of research at Bristol Laboratories, a subsidiary of Bristol-Myers.


Charles H. Weitz ’41
Administrator for United Nations


Clifford Geertz ’50
Anthropologist and professor emeritus at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton


George W. Comstock ’37
A physician and professor emeritus at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He was a distinguished epidemiologist who conducted seminal research on tuberculosis control and treatment and on cancer, heart disease, and lung disease.


O’dell Owens ’71
Hamilton County (Cincinnati,OH) Coroner. He made his mark as a fertility specialist, achieving Cincinnati's first pregnancy from a frozen embryo in 1988. He is a former senior medical director of United Healthcare of Ohio.


Eleanor Holmes Norton ’60
Congresswoman from the District of Columbia


A. Leon Higginbotham Jr. 49
One of the nation's most prominent African-American judges. Appointed to the U.S. District Court by President Lyndon Johnson in 1964. In 1977, Higginbotham was elevated to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit by President Jimmy Carter.


Sylvia Law 64
Professor of Law, Medicine and Psychiatry at New York University School of Law, and is Co-Director, Arthur Garfield Hays Civil Liberties Program


Rozell "Prexy" Nesbitt 67
Human rights activist. South African Representative to the American Center for International Labor Solidarity in Johannesberg, South Africa as well  as an Organizer for the American Friends Service Committee in Philadelphia and the Washington D.C.-based Africa Action. Senior program officer, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation


Mario Capecchi ’61
Distinguished professor human genetics Howard Hughes Institute/University of Utah


Deborah Meier ’54
Educator. A teacher, principal, writer, advocate who ranks among the most acclaimed leaders of the school reform movement in the U.S.


Joni Rabinowitz ’64
Public Policy Advocate and Co-Director of Just Harvest, an urban-community organizing group which focuses on access to food for poor people in the inner city.


Lisa Delpit ’74
Educator. Executive Director and Eminent Scholar, Center for Urban Education and Innovation, Florida International University, work has focused on the education of children of color and the perspectives, aspirations, and pedagogical knowledge of color.


Coretta Scott King ’49
Civil rights activist. Founded Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change


Seymour Reichlin ’45
Renowned for his work in neuroendocrinology, Dr. Reichlin is considered the father of neuroimmunoendocrinology.


Meg Hansson ’46
Business entrepreneur who has long served as an advocate for making the world a better place through example and action


Ruth Anderson Lawrence ’45
Professor of Pediatrics, Obstetrics & Gynecology at the University of Rochester School of Medicine in Rochester, N.Y.; she directs the Breastfeeding and Human Lactation Study Center


Mary Skarie 70
Health Officer of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)


Isaac H. Sobol 66
Dr. Sobol is the Chief Medical Officer of Health for Nunavut, a territory in Canada. For the past 10 years, he has led teams of medical volunteers to provide free medical clinics for the poor in eastern Tibet, on behalf of Rokpa International, whose Canadian branch, Rokpa Canada, he founded in 1992.


Edward Milton Ifft 60
Edward is a scientist, diplomat, disarmament expert, and negotiator to SALT, START, and the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty. He served primarily in the State Department, but also was an official at NASA and served as Deputy Director of the On-Site Inspection Agency. He was US Commissioner for the Standing Consultative Commission, which implemented the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty with Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and Kazakhstan. He is author of articles in scholarly journals published in the US, UK, Russia, and by the United Nations.


Robert M. Greenwald ’66
Filmmaker, producer, director and political activist; founder and president of Brave New Films


Kristine Herman ’94 
Kristine is Associate Director, Domestic Violence, Sex Offense and Family Court Programs for the Center for Court Innovation. She has worked in the field of domestic violence and sexual assault for nearly fifteen years, including legislative reform, legal representation, client advocacy and services for victims of domestic violence.


Pete Tridish (Dylan Wrynn)  ’92
Pete Tridish (pronounced petrie dish), formerly Dylan Wrynn ’92, is founder of community-based Prometheus Radio, a forerunner of radio Webcasting.


Ruth Markowitz Heifetz '57
Ruth Markowitz Heifetz has been involved in medical education for over half a century--focusing on how work and the environment determine people's health. In the early 1980's, she co-founded a San Diego environmental and social justice organization.