Academy presents the Earl Kauffman Award annually to recognize
outstanding individual contributions to the organization. The honoree for 2009 is Mike Lythgoe.
Mike has served the Academy as President-Elect in 2005-2006, President in
2006-2007 and Immediate Past-President in 2007–2008. Mike is
presently on the Curriculum Committee and has taught several Academy
classes in literature with his popular series on spy novels, as well
as classes in poetry, history and government.
native of Indiana, he received his undergraduate degree from St.
Louis University. He earned a Master’s Degree in International
Studies from the University of Notre Dame and a Master’s of Fine
Arts (specializing in writing and literature) from Bennington
retired as an Intelligence Officer after serving in the Air Force
for 24 years. He had been posted to Vietnam, Turkey, Spain and
his military service he was Vice-President of Development at
Christendom College in Front Royal, Virginia, then Director of
Development for the American Production Inventory Control Society. Mike also has coordinated cultural programs for the Smithsonian and
taught at Syracuse University. Somehow he also managed to find time
to teach high school history for two years.
belongs to the Author’s Club of Augusta and the Poetry Society of
South Carolina. He is on the Board of the Aiken Choral Society and
he volunteers at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Several volumes of
his poetry have been published. His chapbook "Brass" won
the 2006 Kinloch Rivers Chapbook Prize from the Poetry Society of
wife Louise is also active in the Academy as our Spanish teacher and
member of the Curriculum Committee. Mike has two sons, living in
Virginia and Colorado.
is a true renaissance man and a valued member of, and significant
contributor to, our Academy.
Mike Lithgoe receives the 2009 Kauffman Award
from Academy Past President Vince Coughlin