B.A., Denison University
J.D., University of Cincinnati
M.B.A., Xavier University
M.A., University of Cincinnati
Ph.D., University of Cincinnati
Citation awarded May, 2015
For more than 20 years, Dick Dusterberg has dedicated his law practice to assisting families with children who have developmental and mental disabilities. His expertise in the field has allowed him to help families not only in his hometown of Cincinnati, but throughout Ohio. In related work, he is the Chairman of the Board of Directors for Community Fund Management Foundation, the largest pooled trust in the United States for people with disabilities. Along with his wife, Kristin, he helped establish Starfire Council of Greater Cincinnati, an organization dedicated to improving the lives of people with disabilities.
While still engaged in law practice, Dick returned to school to earn three graduate degrees in the liberal arts, including a Ph.D. in French Literature. Since 1986, he has taught French courses at area universities and to corporate business executives.
For more than a decade, he helped guide the academic and financial mission of the University of Rio Grande, culminating in election as Chairman of the Board in 2008. In recognition of his service, the University conferred its Honorary Master of Public Service Degree.
He is the author of The Official Inaugural Medals of the Presidents of the United States, the first copy of which he presented to President Richard M. Nixon at the White House in 1971. Nixon later appointed him to the United States Assay Commission, whose members supervise the purity of American coinage. Dick was later appointed to seven presidential inaugural medals committees for five U.S. Presidents. Additionally, he has published numerous articles in law, history and numismatics.
He was a commissioned officer in the United States Marine Corps (1960-63), a partner in two large law firms, Law Director for the City of Montgomery for 25 years and a magistrate for the Ohio Civil Rights Commission. He managed numerous international student exchanges for his Rotary Club.