Spirit of Marin honors Kirschman

08/22/2013

Point Reyes Station resident Richard Kirschman—an inventor and activist, a developer and world traveler—is this year’s local recipient of a Spirit of Marin award in the annual contest sponsored by the Bank of Marin. Mr. Kirschman was nominated by the West Marin Chamber of Commerce and will be honored for his philanthropic leadership and volunteerism during an awards ceremony at the end of September. A Manhattan native, Mr. Kirschman is known in West Marin for numerous efforts: organizing to save Lairds Landing, where his longtime friend Clayton Lewis lived before the National Park Service took over the bayside artist’s enclave; helping found an AIDs clinic in Romania; protesting the slaughter of non-native deer in the seashore; and most recently, creating an elegantly engraved brass coin known as the West Marin Trade Token, whose proceeds benefit local nonprofits (you can purchase and use them at dozens of coastal businesses). Among other earlier exploits, Mr. Kirschman directed the construction of Fox Plaza in San Francisco, at the time the largest mixed-use complex west of Chicago; studied at the Sorbonne; and, after traveling to India, invented a device that made single-gear rickshaws less laborious to drive. Mr. Kirschman will be honored on September 27 during a luncheon at the historic St. Vincent’s School for Boys, in San Rafael, featuring comedic entertainment and music by soprano Hope Briggs. Tickets are $50 before Sept. 20; for reservations visit spiritofmarin.com.