The purpose of the Aristeia Award is to honor living alumni/ae of the ASCSA who have provided exceptional service to the School and who has contributed in an extraordinary way to the School’s mission in any or all of the following areas: teaching, research, archaeological exploration, and publication. Under exceptional circumstances the committee may decide to bestow the award posthumously upon a recently deceased alumnus/a, or to bestow the award upon someone who does not strictly fit the criteria of membership in the Alumni/ae Association.
Alumni/ae Association President Georgia Tsouvala announces that Robert A. Bridges, Jr. has been named the 2018 recipient of the Aristeia Award for Distinguished Alumni/ae of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens.
The Aristeia Award, now in its eighth year, was created to honor those who have provided exceptional service to the School and who have done the most over the years to support the ASCSA’s mission in teaching, research, archaeological exploration, and/or publication. In Bob Bridges, we are fortunate enough to have someone who has worked tirelessly to support the research, teaching, and the lives of all alumni and alumnae who have set foot at the School and in Greece while serving as Secretary of the School for over three decades. He also did his own teaching for the School, providing lectures for the Regular and Summer programs even after his retirement, as well as leading successfully field trips to Turkey for many years. Bob Bridges stands alongside our previous recipients, Mary Sturgeon and Mary Darlington, Alan Boegehold, Jim McCredie, Ron Stroud, Nancy Bookidis, John Camp II, and Charles Kaufman Williams II, as an exemplary representative of the ideals of service, teaching, and scholarship.
Bob Bridges will be presented with the Aristeia Award at the next meeting of the Alumni/ae Association, to be held at the AIA/SCS convention in Boston on January. The Alumni/ae reception and meeting have been scheduled for Friday January 5th at the Westin Hotel, St. George A-D Room from 6:30-8:30pm. All alumni/ae are encouraged to make plans to attend this meeting to help us celebrate Bob’s career and contributions to the life of the School.