The Felix Alder Lifetime Achievement Award
The American Ethical Union's Board of Directors is delighted to announce that the 2011 Felix Adler Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to Dr. Howard B. Radest. The award will be presented to Dr. Radest at a ceremony during the 96th AEU Assembly in June.
The purpose of the Felix Adler Award is to recognize members who have stimulated the growth of the Ethical Culture Movement during many years of active participation in their Society, an AEU Affiliated Organization, and/or an AEU Committee or Board.
Dr. Howard B. Radest has been actively involved in the Ethical Culture Movement for over seven decades, during which time he has served as a Leader, educator, and author.
DR. HOWARD B. RADEST
Dr. Howard B. Radest is Dean Emeritus of the Humanist Institute and a member of the National Council of Ethical Culture Leaders. He is a consulting member (Emeritus) of the South Carolina Medical Association Ethics Committee, and a consultant to the Center for Preparedness at the School of Public Health, University of South Carolina. Dr. Radest is a former Board member of the Association for Moral Education, and is a member of the Highlands Institute for American Religious and Philosophic Thought. He serves on the Advisory Committee of the Appignani Center for Bioethics, and is both a Senior Fellow of HIS and a Senior Fellow at the Center for Inquiry. Dr. Radest is also Board Chair of the Ethical Community Charter School, Jersey City, N.J.
From 1992-2008, Dr. Radest was Adjunct Professor of Philosophy at The University of South Carolina-Beaufort where he taught medical ethics, comparative religion, and social and political philosophy. From 1993-2008, Dr. Radest served as Ethics Consultant to Hilton Head Hospital where he was Chair of the Biomedical Ethics Committee. From 1979-1991, he served as Headmaster of the Ethical Culture Fieldston School in New York. From 1970-1979, he was Professor of Philosophy and Director of the School of American Studies at Ramapo College, New Jersey. Dr. Radest has also served as an adjunct Professor of Philosophy at Fairleigh Dickenson University and at the Graduate School of the Union Institute. From 1963-1969, Dr. Radest was Executive Director of the American Ethical Union, and from 1956-1963 served as Leader of the Ethical Culture Society of Bergen County, NJ.
Dr. Radest was the founder and first chair of the seminar, "On Moral Education" at Columbia University (1983-1991). He is a Board member of the North American Committee for Humanism, and from 1978-1988, Dr. Radest served as Co-Chair of the International Humanist and Ethical Union.
In addition to numerous articles, Dr. Radest's book publications include: Toward Common Ground (Ungar, 1968), a history of the Ethical Culture movement in the United States; Can We Teach Ethics? (Praeger, 1989); The Devil and Secular Humanism (Praeger, 1990); Humanism With A Human Face (Praeger, 1996); and, Felix Adler: An Ethical Culture (Peter Lang, 1998). He serves on the editorial boards of The Humanist and Religious Humanism.
Dr. Radest received his B.A. from Columbia College. He went on to pursue an M.A. in Philosophy and Psychology from the New School for Social Research, and earned his Ph.D. in Philosophy from Columbia University. He is a member of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities, the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy, and Phi Beta Kappa. In addition, Dr. Radest received the Distinguished Service Award of the Humanist Institute (1994), the Distinguished Service Award of the American Humanist Association (1993), and the Kuhmerker Award of the Moral Education Association (1988). At different times, Dr. Radest has been both a Cornell Scholar and a Hillman Scholar. He is listed in Who's Who, and Who's Who in Education.