Kingdon Gould Jr. to receive Spirit of the Catskills Award

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Highmount — Philanthropist Kingdon Gould Jr. is being recognized at the 27th annual Belleayre Snowball on Saturday, Jan. 26 at the Overlook Lodge at Belleayre Mountain.
Mr. Gould, who is being honored for his steadfast devotion to the Central Catskills, will receive the 2013 Spirit of the Catskills Award.

Each year, The Coalition to Save Belleayre recognizes individuals who have improved the quality of life and economic vitality of the Catskills. The coalition’s new Chairman Tom White said, “Kingdon has made such a difference here in the Catskills, over several decades. It is high time he receives this recognition.”

Belleayre Conservatory, which produces the annual Belleayre Music Festival and benefits from the Snowball, is just one of the causes Gould has championed in the Catskills.
Other local organizations that Mr. Gould has generously supported include Margaretville Health Foundation, The Roxbury Arts Group, the Delaware & Ulster Railroad, the MARK Project, New Kingston Animal Sanctuary, Catskill Forest Association and the recent restoration of the Fleischmanns Village Park.

He helped found the Catskill Center for Conservation and Development and has been generous to efforts consistent with its mission of sustainable planning for several decades.

Longtime resident
Mr. Gould, a multi-decade resident of Arkville, has made a profound impact well beyond the Central Catskills region. He served honorably in World War II, receiving two Purple Hearts and two Silver Stars.

He married Mary Bunce Thorne after the war, and they had four sons and five daughters. Their family now extends to 28 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.

Mr. Gould graduated from Yale Law School and went on to practice law in Maryland, New York, the District of Columbia as well as the U.S. Supreme Court. As a public servant, he was United States Ambassador to Luxembourg, and then Ambassador to the Netherlands.

In addition to initiating services for families here in the Catskills, Mr. Gould co-founded the Glenelg Country School and the Capital Crescent Trail in Maryland in the nation’s Capital region.
Kingdon Gould Jr. joins a list of leaders who have been honored with the Spirit of the Catskills award, including: Bern-adette Castro, John Cahill, Libby Pataki, Tony Lanza, John Bonacic, Ward Todd, Dean Skelos, Judith Enck, Kenneth Pasternak and Maurice Hinchey.

For information, visit www.belleayremusic.org/conservatory or www.coalitiontosavebelleayre.org or write to: Coalition to Save Belleayre, P.O. Box 247, Highmount, NY 12441. For tickets e-mail: judy@ shiner.org.