2015 J.D. Dawson Award

(Support/Service to the College)


Richard Lapedes

Richard Lapedes names his religion of choice "Communitarianism". He and his wife, Maureen Lynch, have tried to practice devotion to community for decades both in Yellow Springs and the greater Miami Valley. Neither attended Antioch, but, like many others, they moved to Yellow Springs years ago to be part of what Antioch inspired-an acculturated, intimate community of progressive thinkers. 

Lapedes's personal focus has been Arts and Education; but, importantly, also the relationship between them and sustainable economic development. An art maker since early childhood, after a long stint running a Dayton based corporation, he retired back to the studio in 2005. Art making and community development are his continued focus. That has played out strongly for Antioch College and Yellow Springs as well as Dayton. Among many YS community contributions, he was an Antioch University Trustee from 1986-95, a YSI Director, an elected Yellow Springs School Board member, and the 1990's WYSO Signals Capital Campaign Co-Chair.

Most recently, he and Maureen have assisted with the re-establishment of the redesigned Antioch Foundry Theater and Antioch Wellness Center, as jointly governed and used college/community facilities. Currently he is backer of "refounding" the YS Community Children’s Center to the highest standards of contemporary Early Childhood education from infancy. He participated in nationwide research to overhaul the YS School District pedagogy from a traditional approach to Project Based Learning. PBL is a close derivative of the Antioch School's pedagogy. That School was founded as an Antioch College education laboratory. He and Maureen then initiated a fund to insure that the extensive professional development required to implement and sustain PBL would be available to all local teachers. 

Outside Yellow Springs, Richard and Maureen have been Trustees of the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company for over 30 years. He is currently Board Chair. DCDC's very extensive repertoire celebrates the African-American experience. The Company is closely partnered with three Miami Valley institutions: the University of Dayton, Central State University, and Wright State University. DCDC drives extensive arts integrated educational activities in inner city schools. Critically acclaimed, it is the only Miami Valley cultural institution that performs nationally and internationally. 

More broadly, Lapedes is a member of the steering committee to build a four county publicly funded arts/economic development intermediation consortium.

PREVIOUS RECIPIENTS

1984                       

Roderic O’Connor ’28
Director of Food Services, Antioch College

1986

George L. Crowell ’70
President Antioch College Alumni Board; associate dean of The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University

1987

Edwina Bookwalter Gantz ’36
Educator who promoted alternative education; she was a trustee of the Union for Experimenting Colleges and Universities, founded in 1964 as an education research and experimentation organization by Antioch College and about 30 other colleges; community volunteer

William Hooper ’49
Antioch Trustee; Hooper Construction

1988

Robert L. Aller ’56
Antioch Trustee; Senior Vice President for Finance & Administration of the Loctite Corporation

Miriam Dickinson
Longtime beloved Antioch staffer

S. Burns Weston ’25
Antioch Trustee; attorney

Robert A. Levin ’42 and Kay W. Levin
Longtime Antioch Trustees; in 1975, Bob and Kay served jointly as Antioch College Administrators acting president

1989

Theresa Black Carlson ’33
One of the first alums to help Antioch Admissions with recruiting

1990

Walter Anderson
Antioch Professor of Music; community volunteer; concert pianist and composer; director of music programs at the National Endowment for the Arts

1991

Irwin H. Inman ’41
Antioch publications editor and photographer

1992

Malte von Matthiessen ’66
Antioch Trustee; Chairman of YSI Inc.

1993

Richard A. Siegal ’51
Antioch Trustee; land developer

1994

Evan R. Spalt ’34
Antioch Trustee; established Spalt International Center and Spalt Scholarship program; Vice-President and Director of Ortho Pharmaceutical Corp.

1995

Gilbert Yager ’35
Community volunteer; founded Buffalo Metal Fabricating Corporation

1996

Hadley Case 35
Antioch Trustee; Chairman, CEO & Director, Case, Pomeroy & Company

1997

Daniel Hotaling 51
Antioch professor and College staffer

1998

Georgia Lloyd 37
Philanthropist and peace advocate

1999

Oliver Loud
Emeritus Professor of Physical Science, Antioch College

2000

Nolan Miller
Emeritus Professor of Literature, Antioch College

2001

Thomas Shelby ’28
Community volunteer and longtime Antioch supporter

2002

Robert H. Devine ’67
Former President, Antioch College

2003

Marcia Baum ’45
Efforts helped campus preservation

2004

Robert Krinsky ’57
Trustee chairman, Antioch; chairman, Segal Co

2005

Marcia Dugan ’53
Retired Director of Public Affairs, Rochester Institute of Technology

2006

Jewel Graham
Emeritus Professor of Social Welfare and Legal Studies, Antioch College

2007

Dave Goodwin ’54
College and Glen Helen campaign

2008

Robert Parker
Antioch College Professor of Cooperative Education, Emeritus. He started teaching at Antioch in 1957. He was named Emeritus faculty in 1991.

2009

Nina Myatt 53
Nina is Antiochiana Curator Emerita. For 35 years, her thorough and attentive reference supported the work of hundreds of scholars, dozens of significant books and articles, and several documentaries. Nina brought Antiochiana into the modern age, with the archives acquiring some its finest collections during her tenure.

2010

Steve Schwerner 60
Antioch College professor and Dean of Students emeritus, he served on the Alumni Board as well as on the Antioch College Continuation Corp. His support, guidance and understanding of complex issues have been invaluable for decades.

Al Denman
Antioch emeritus professor of philosophy of law and religion, and an opinion leader in the Antioch community. A longtime faculty member and one of those once-in-a-lifetime teachers with his blend of law, religion and philosophy, he is a valued source of Yellow Springs and Antioch connections. He has been closely involved with Glen Helen and area environmental concerns.

2011

Scott Sanders
Antioch College archivist and curator of Antiochiana

2012

Antioch Reunion Work Project Volunteer Work Group

2013

Diane Chiddister
Diane is co-owner, editor and longtime reporter for the Yellow Springs News, noted for its extensive coverage of Antioch College.

Judith A. Hempfling
As President of Yellow Springs Village Council Judith has been involved in a number of issues in recent years, including the effort to revive Antioch College.

2014

Carl 48 and Lorena Hyde ’49
In addition to an active interest in race relations and efforts to achieve world peace, the Hydes have followed the ups and downs of the College with interest and concern, both as alumni and as village residents.