Rosenthal dedicated his award to the memory of his former professor and mentor, Harold Richman, founding director of Chapin Hall Center for Children, a policy research center at the University of Chicago. “The community integration of children and adults with disabilities from asylums and snakepits in the United States was nothing less than a liberation movement, and I learned about that as a young student of Professor Richman,” said Rosenthal. “In his humble and soft-spoken manner, Richman conveyed the changes in law and social policy that led to deinstitutionalization as every bit as important and inspiring as Martin Luther King Jr.’s fight against segregation. I had the opportunity to thank Professor Richman personally, and I was honored when he joined DRI’s Advisory Board. But this good man and great teacher left us much too soon.” After a long battle with cancer, Harold Richman died in Chicago on 30 July 2009.
The awards ceremony took place June 2 on the campus of the University of Chicago at Rockefeller Memorial Chapel. Visit alumniandfriends.uchicago.edu/