Masters Awards Recognize Ainspac, Greenberg and Schorr

On May 4, Lawrenceville commemorated the 23rd anniversary of the presentation of the Masters Awards with tributes to three former masters.

History and Religion Master Robert C. Ainspac H’76 P’77 ’85 (posthumously), English Master Joel Greenberg H’77 ’13 P’93 and Mathematics and Science Master Colonel David E. Schorr H’88 ’97 ’02 P’80 ’82 ’88 GP’97 ’09 ’12 ’17 joined the ranks of 49 faculty colleagues who have been similarly recognized since the awards were first presented in 1996.

The Masters Awards recognize “masters who are retired or have in the past distinguished themselves as teachers for a prolonged and sustained period of service” and who have left behind a legacy of “remarkable and exceptional classroom teaching and mentoring.” Over the years, the awards ceremony has become a paean to the art of teaching itself, and in particular, the distinctive, all-encompassing, rewarding art of teaching at Lawrenceville.

The award was inspired by former English Master James T. “Jim” Adams ’65 H’82 ’96 ’01 P’93, who passed away in 2002 and received it posthumously in 2004, Jansen “Jay” Noyes III ’65, and John F. Kelsey III ’65.

In his opening remarks, Ian Rice ’95, President of the Alumni Association, which presents the award on behalf of the School, recognized John Kelsey and special guests who included five previous recipients. Rice noted that this year’s honorees’ “combined experience at Lawrenceville spans the period from 1967 to 2013, representing nearly 100 years of teaching and learning for generations of Lawrentians.”

Head Master Stephen S. Murray H’54 ’55 ’65 ’16 P’16 ’21 noted that “teaching is central to our mission as a school, but more than that, teachers are central to the experience of our students,” and that the Masters Awards are an opportunity to take our support and appreciation for our teachers up a notch.

Joel Greenberg H’77 P’93 was introduced to Lawrenceville through English Master Jim Waugh H'67 '68 '74 '85 '88 P'68 '70 '72 '74 '76 GP'12 '14 '16 in 1968, and he was hired immediately by Ben Briggs H’61 and ’63 and Bruce McClellan H’57 ’58 ’60 GP’10. He remained in the English Department for 45 years, teaching courses steeped in mythology and embracing team teaching of interdisciplinary courses that combined literature with religion and philosophy and writing with science and nature. Joel was acting Jewish chaplain before Rabbi Levy H’97 ’01 P’01 ’02 ’09, and he earned his black belt as advisor to the campus martial arts club.

Colonel David E. Schorr H’88 ’97 ’02 P’80 ’82 ’88 GP’97 ’09 ’12 ’17 came to Lawrenceville in 1984 following an exceptionally distinguished career in the military, teaching both math and science and earning a reputation for being a student’s master. In addition to his classroom responsibilities, he oversaw the construction of four Crescent Houses, reorganized the Buildings and Grounds operations, and in 1989, stepped in to save the School Camp. This is not his first award. Among his others are the Silver Star, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star with “V” for Valor, Army Commendation Medal with “V” for Valor and Purple Heart.

Robert C. “Bob” Ainspac H’76 P’77 ’85 spent 29 years at Lawrenceville, first as a History Master and later adding Religion Master to his credentials. He served as Housemaster of Dawes and Dickinson and coached three seasons of House sports. Perhaps most notably, he began leading student trips to China and the Soviet Union in the 1970s and, in 1991, established Lawrenceville’s first student exchange program with the Soviet Union.

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