Rebecca Rice Award (Achievement in Profession)

LILA GLEITMAN '52 BIO

Lila Gleitman went to the University of Pennsylvania after graduating from Antioch in 1952. She planned to become a Classicist but was waylaid by the fascinating field of computational linguistics. After receiving her PhD in that field, she subsequently began teaching Linguistics at Swarthmore College. After having witnessed the miracle of language acquisition in her own child, she became a Psycholinguist and has done research on language acquisition ever since 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.   She is the recipient of many honors including the Fyssen Prix Internationale, and is a Fellow of the National Academy of Science.

Pictured: Lila teaches pidgin English.


PREVIOUS RECIPIENTS

1993                        

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

1994

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

1995

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

1996

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

1997

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

1998

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

1999

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

2000

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

2001

Kathryn Leary ’75
Entrepreneur, Leary Group Inc.

2002

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

2003

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

2004

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

2005

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

2006

Cliff Robertson ’46
Actor, director, writer

2007

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

2008

Robert Zevin 59
Investment banker; Father of Socially Responsible Investing

2009

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.

2010

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.

2011

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

2012

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.”

2013

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.