Background. The Historical Society’s award is presented each year to a person or couple who have made an outstanding contribution to the community for more than 25 years, making Westwood a better place to live. The contribution could be in any field such as education, religion, arts, civic, or social service.
Lura Provost presenting the 2019 award to John Pritchard; Photo by James Kinneen, Hometown Weekly
2019 Award Recipient. This year, John Pritchard was recognized as our Quarter Century Award recipient. John grew up in Westwood — and returned to the town after serving in the U.S. Navy. He joined the Westwood America Legion Post 320 and served as Deputy Commander for two years. John has been involved in many Westwood organizations over the years. As a teenager, he helped construct Camp Wildwood, an early Girl Scout camp in Westwood. John was very active in the Westwood Historical Society and served on the Westwood High School Alumni Association Board, the Westwood Interfaith Council and has been a judge for the Thurston Middle School Scripps Spelling Bee as well as the Massachusetts Regional Academic Decathlon.
Previous recipients of the honorary tribute are (chronologically beginning in 1990): Yetta and Alexander Fisher, Barbara and Allan Beale, Donald MacLellan, Allen Baker, Richard Youlden, Ellie and Roy London, Lillian Perkins, Robert Wood, Gordon Youlden, Tom Dunn, Joseph Weider, Emlen and Jim Wheeler, Duncan and Ellen McFarland, Shirley Howard, Joe & Joy Clancy and Irene and Ralph Buonopane, Barbara Friedman, Mike Beaumont, Joan Swann, Lura Provost, Russ and Marilyn Downs, Ann and Jerry Cronin, Joan Murphy, Sam and Barbara Hayes, Tony Antonellis and Charles and Nancy Donahue.
Nominations. Nominations are due each May 31st. If you would like to nominate someone or a couple, please write a brief letter outlining how the nominee has contributed to the Westwood community and mail it to the Westwood Historical Society, 830 High Street, P.O. Box 2575, Westwood MA 02090.