Northampton School for Girls & The Path to Co-Education

About Rick Teller ’70

Rick Teller ’70 grew up on the Williston Northampton campus, graduated with the illustrious Class of 1970, and was a member of the first four-year coed class at Vassar, where he concentrated in music and religion, graduating in 1974.  He received an A.M. from the University of Michigan (1978), where he also pursued courses in ethnomusicology.  He worked in the libraries of Trinity College, Northfield Mount Hermon, and UMass, as well as forays into the compact disc and scientific toy businesses, before returning to the Williston Northampton Library in 1995.  In 1996 he was appointed Williston’s Archivist.  Part of his focus has been to encourage students and alumni/ae to see themselves as pieces of a larger mosaic that comprises Williston Northampton’s rich history.  He is the recipient of the 2005 Samuel and Emily Williston Award.  Retired since 2020, Rick continues his interest in the Archives, while planning to spend more time composing, taking pictures, and traveling.