In 2006, Dick Kauffman was honored by Judson's University Circle with a Smart Living Award!

In tandem with Judson’s Centennial Celebration, the Smart Living Awards honor both older adults and their “up and coming” younger counterparts who have dedicated their lives to the dynamic atmosphere of University Circle.

The Awards recognize winners in five categories:  Arts, Education, Healthcare, Philanthropy and Volunteerism.

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Richard Herr Kauffman


Richard Herr Kauffman has, if you'll pardon the pun, come full circle in his life at University Circle. He began his professional career in Cleveland, creating cultural opportunities for inner city children as the director of the Cleveland Music School Settlement’s Extension Department.

"All of my work was in cooperation with other agencies and as a result I became involved with those other agencies," he says. Aside from bringing music and the arts to everyone from preschoolers to senior citizens, he also helped found the Cleveland Children's Museum and the enrichment program at University Circle Incorporated.

He also was on the original Cleveland Orchestra committee designated to reach out to minority communities. The result of those early efforts is the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration held every January.

After he retired, Mr. Kauffman moved to Amish country to raise organic vegetables. But he soon craved company and moved back home to University Circle. "I love living in the Circle. I would sit by the Wade Lagoon at 11 at night with a full moon in the seventh-largest city and think, 'how gorgeous!' " he says.