Richard H. Publow, Jr. taught English and philosophy at IVCC from 1967 until his death April 10, 1996, at age 53. Publow was also the faculty adviser for Phi Theta Kappa and served the IVCC faculty union AFT Local 1810 as both grievance chair and president. He received his B.A. and M.A. in English from Indiana University.
Former colleagues remember Publow’s “rare intelligence…exquisite imagination… [and] sterling virtues of character: his generosity, his compassion, his helpfulness, his unfailing good humor, and his understanding.” Richard Publow embodied many qualities worthy of admiration, and his desire to “do the right thing” in both his life and career inspires the faculty and staff of the IVCC English Department to honor him in a way he would most approve: by rewarding student effort and ability in the area of writing.
An early iteration of the Publow Awards in writing was established by Richard Publow’s family with memorial funds received immediately after his death. The annual Richard Publow Memorial Award in Writing was recently rededicated and reinvigorated by representatives of the English Department.
This re-established annual recognition was officially launched in the Spring 2016 semester, and English faculty look forward to remembering Publow’s exemplary life and teaching career by honoring IVCC student achievement in writing.