Rebecca Rice Award | Achievement in Profession

Pavel Curtis ’81 – 2017 Recipient

Pavel Curtis is an American software architect at Microsoft who is best known for having founded and managed LambdaMOO, an online community. 

In the mid- to late 1980s Curtis developed and taught parts of the computer science course at the Center for Talented Youth summer program. Curtis was a member of the research staff at Xerox PARC from 1983 to 1996, where he worked in the areas of programming language design and implementation, programming environments, and online collaboration systems. He developed LambdaMOO during this period.

Curtis left Xerox in 1997 to become a principal architect and co-founder of PlaceWare, a web-conferencing company that was acquired by Microsoft in 2003.
Outside work Curtis is now the sole proprietor of Pavel's Puzzles, a website selling mechanical puzzles, mostly designed by him. 



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".