Picture of Kauffman Placard


Each Spring the Academy for Lifelong Learning honors group or individual that has made significant contributions to the Academy.  This award is given in memory of Dr. Earl F. Kauffman who was one of the individuals most responsible for the creation of the Academy for Lifelong Learning back in 1989. 

To learn more about Dr. Kauffman and the founding of the Academy for Lifelong Learning, please see our Early History document. 


The 2014 recipient of the Earl Kauffman Award, announced at the annual Earl Kauffman Remembrance Day Luncheon on April 17, is Richard G. Baxter.

Dick Baxter grew up in Brooklyn and graduated with a BA in Chemical Engineering from Columbia University in New York City and an MS from the University of Chicago.   He went on to receive an advanced degree in Theoretical Physics with courses combined from the University of Delaware, the University of Kentucky, and the University of South Carolina. He and wife Charlotte had four daughters and one son. They moved here in 1952 with DuPont, which was then the prime contractor for the Savannah River Site and never left.

Dick was been a member of the Academy for “seven or eight years” and was on the Academy's Curriculum Committee for most of them, where he initiated many courses.  Dick was very familiar to most Academy members thanks to introducing the class sessions of the many courses for which he has served as liaison. Dick was Chairman of the Curriculum Committee for the 2009/2010 academic year and then went on to serve as Academy President the following year.

Dick had a wide range of interests including painting, sailing, music, engineering, gardening, astronomy, and art. He played clarinet with a senior group called New Horizon, and gave talks and conducted tours at the DuPont Planetarium on the USCA campus. Dick was a true renaissance man that epitomizes what the Academy is all about: learning that never stops.

It is with great pride and a heartfelt measure of appreciation that the Academy honored Dick Baxter with the 23rd annual Earl Kauffman Award.

Past President Jerry MacDonald presents
the 2014 Kauffman Award to Dick Baxter

From a personal note Dick asked to have published in The Spiral newsletter after receiving the Kauffman Award:
Being a member of the Academy has been a privilege for me in being able to participate, in a small way, to the success of the Academy.
The Academy lost a valued member with the passing of Dick Baxter on December 18, 2014.