This year, we are saddened to bestow this award on another member of our community. While we are gladdened for his courage and brightness of spirit, we are all diminished by his passing. Larry Daniel Kaufman was a member of the Guild of St. Cuthbert, well known and beloved in the California faire community; he had performed at Southern for sixteen years.
On December 2nd, 2015, terrorists opened fire on a holiday party in San Bernardino. When the attack began, Daniel began urging people to safety, pushing people out of harm’s way until he himself was silenced. His actions are a reminder to us all of the courage and nobility of spirit to which we all should aspire. He thought of others, and not of himself. He was – is – a hero.
Thus, with heavy hearts at the passing of one of our own, we bestow upon him the only measure we truly can: our respect and admiration. With that, Larry Daniel Kaufman is the first recipient of the Jeffery Thompson Award of Heroism. We may only hope that our world may someday find the peace it needs so that we may retire this award that so pains us to give.