The 2012 Academy for Lifelong Learning Earl F. Kauffman Award for outstanding individual contribution to the
organization goes to Vince Coughlin.
a stint in the Army, Vince graduated from Bucknell University with a
degree in Physics. He began his post-graduate work at William &
Mary and completed his Masters in Physics at Franklin & Marshall
while working in the Engineering group at RCA in Lancaster, PA.
After a few years there Vince decided to further his education, this
time in the field of law at the University of Toledo. Following his
studies, Vince applied at the RCA Corporate Law Office at Princeton,
eventually becoming Resident Patent Council for RCA, and later GE.
When Dickenson School of Law initiated a Masters program, Vince
couldn't resist the call and attended night school to obtain a
Masters in Tax Law. In addition to his work responsibilities, Vince
also found time to teach courses at a local community college.
retirement, Vince and his wife Connie settled in Hilton Head for a
few years. They acquired a boat, and with typical Coughlin
dedication, Vince served with the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and as
President of the Hilton Head Plantation Yacht Club.
Fortunately for the Academy, Vince and Connie eventually moved to Aiken, seeking
a location with a more vibrant town center and broader cultural
Vince became involved with the operation of the Academy for Lifelong
Learning where he has made significant contributions, serving not
just one term but two as one of the Academy's most dynamic and active
Presidents. Vince also created and taught several highly popular
courses revolving around the US Constitution and significant
precedent-setting court cases.
Vince and Connie moved from Aiken to a retirement community in Macon, GA in
2010. While most people in that situation would have just said
“Sorry, I've moved away”, Vince returned to Aiken regularly to
fill out his responsibilities as Immediate Past President of the
Academy for the 2010-11 Academy year. Once established in Macon, in
typical Coughlin fashion he set about establishing the Wesleyan
Academy for Lifelong Learning (WALL) at Wesleyan College.
Vince Coughlin accepts the 2012 Kauffman Award from Past President Glenn
Vince has made a lasting mark on our Academy, for which we are extremely
grateful. It was a treat to have Vince and Connie back one more time
for the Kauffman Award celebration, and we hope nothing but good
things and happy times for them in the future.