Copeland chosen as Logansport ‘Citizen of the Week’

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Richard Copeland. Photo by Rich Voorhees

A retired Logansport teacher received two honors Friday.

Richard Copeland, who spent the bulk of his career at Washington Elementary School on Cicott Street, was named this week’s “Citizen of the Week” at the annual “Thanks for Giving” ceremony.

Copeland also has served as an interim principal, but he is best known for his love of local history. He served as Cass County historian and served on the Cass County Historical Society Board. He also authored his “History Buff” columns in the Pharos-Tribune for many years.

“Few people can say they’ve spent their entire lives living in communities along the Wabash River, but as Deanna Crispen pointed out Friday, that’s where Dick has spent his entire life,” Mayor Dave Kitchell said. “He’s truly an Indiana one-of-a-kind, and we’re fortunate to have him in our community.”

The foundation recognized his contributions with a $5,000 check to the Cass County Historical Society. Copeland also has established a scholarship through the foundation. The mayor also designated Friday as “Richard Copeland Day in Logansport” with a proclamation.

The Citizen of the Week recognizes outstanding citizens and former residents for their contributions to the community. Recipients receive a certificate from the Mayor’s Office and a $20 gift certificate to a local restaurant.

SOURCE: News release from Logansport Mayor Dave Kitchell