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Celebrating the leadership, vision, tenacity, and love of community shared by the recipients of the Great Living Cincinnatian Award, presented annually by the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber since 1967.
David Joseph, Jr. was one of Greater Cincinnati’s leading supporters of the arts.
He was a trustee emeritus and former chairman and president of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and served on the executive board.
In 1986, he co-chaired with William S. Rowe a special Arts Evaluation Committee for the Chamber and Cincinnati Institute for Fine Arts. The resulting Rowe/Joseph report on funding for the arts won a Post-Corbett Award. Joseph also embarked on a similar study with co-chair Daniel W. LeBlond.
He also served as chairman of the Cincinnati Arts Allocation Committee, a position appointed by former Mayor Charles J. Luken.
In 1950, Joseph, a Yale University graduate, became president of David Joseph Co., a scrap iron and steel brokerage firm founded by his grandfather. He remains a director of and consultant to the company, which was acquired by SHV North America, an international holding company.
Joseph is a trustee emeritus and former chairman of the Jewish Hospital Association, executive board member of the Cincinnati Psychoanalytic Institute, board member of the Community Chest foundation and co-chairman of the Hillside Trust.
Recipients are selected from candidates by the Cincinnati Chamber’s senior council based on the following criteria: – Community service – Business and civic attainment on a local, state and national or international level – Leadership – Awareness of the needs of others – Distinctive accomplishments that have brought favorable attention to their community, institution or organization