The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

Local News

April 25, 2013

$12 million bequest will benefit Greenville

GREENVILLE — The late David E. Baughman, a lifelong resident of Greenville, was honored with the James E. Winner Jr. Humanitarian Award on Wednesday at the Community Foundation of Western Pennsylvania and Eastern Ohio annual dinner.

“Leaving a legacy” is what the James E. Winner Humanitarian Award is all about, according to Winner’s daughter, Karen Winner-Sed.

When Mr. Baughman passed away in November at age 91, he left a great legacy for Greenville – in the amount of a $12 million endowment to the community foundation.

“This is the largest charitable gift ever given to the community foundation – maybe the largest ever given in Mercer County,” said Larry Haynes, executive director of the community foundation.

In a collaboration with the foundation and PNC Financial Services, Mr. Baughman arranged for the formation of The Emerson A. Baughman, Agnes F. Baughman and David E. Baughman Community Foundation, also named for his parents.

The annual proceeds – more than $500,000 – will be given to places that David Baughman cared for greatly:

• The community foundation (30 percent) for grants to promote the betterment of Greenville;

• Graduating seniors from Greenville, Jamestown, Commodore Perry and Reynolds high schools who will attend Thiel College in Greenville (30 percent);

• The benevolence and endowment fund of First Presbyterian Church of Greenville, in which he was a lifelong member (30 percent);

• Reading material for Greenville Aea Public Library (5 percent) and an endowment fund for the library (5 percent).

Mr. Baughman worked for the former Greenville Steel Car Co. from 1946 to 1983, retiring as director of personnel. Haynes said he lived a simple life.

“The wealth was passed down from his parents, and he lived a conservative lifestyle,” Haynes said. “For hundreds of years the Baughmans will still be doing things for the community.”

Winner-Sed remembered Mr. Baughman being referred to as “The Quiet Knight” when he was alive, and she said he credited his father as instilling these values in him.

“David was really an amazing community-minded person,” Haynes said.

For more than 55 years, Mr. Baughman was aligned with government and community activities in Greenville, including the Greenville Recreation Committee, the Civil Service Commission, the Mercer County Boroughs Association and the Greenville Area Library Board.

Dorothy Armour accepted the award on behalf of Mr. Baughman, thanking the Winners for bestowing the honor on her friend. The award is named for the late James E. Winner Jr., a longtime Shenango Valley entrepreneur and philanthropist.

“I’d like to add one thing,” Ms. Armour said of Mr. Baughman. “He had a great sense of humor, and he was my best friend,” to loud applause in the ballroom of the Avalon at Buhl Park.

“The generosity of the Baughmans will go on forever,” Haynes said.

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