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WILLIAM G. DWIGHT
DISTINGUISHED SERVICE
TO HOLYOKE AWARD

Wayne Alderman
on behalf of the Holyoke Rotary Club

Upon his graduation from Amherst College in 1881, William G. Dwight decided on a career in the newspaper business. While working in the Holyoke office of the Springfield Union, Dwight came under the notice of Mr. Loomis, the owner of the Transcript- Telegram newspaper. Loomis made the penniless Dwight an offer he couldn’t refuse — a 50/50 partnership at no cost. Soon Dwight had the Transcript- Telegram converted to a daily and it became profitable. In the late 1880s Loomis told Dwight he would purchase Dwight’s interest for $12,000 or if Dwight preferred, Dwight could purchase Loomis’ for a like figure. To the astonishment of Loomis, Dwight raised the funds and bought control of the paper. Thereafter William G. Dwight built the Transcript- Telegram into a successful and highly respected newspaper. His hard work and service to the City of Holyoke continued until his death in 1930. To this day the Dwight family name has been synonymous with commitment, integrity and service to the community.

In late 1939 Ambassador Joseph P. Kennedy while visiting friends in Holyoke, suggested the Transcript-Telegram establish an award in memory of William G. Dwight. Each year from the general public, a jury chooses someone whose tireless work and invaluable commitment to the City of Holyoke exemplifies the spirit of the man for whom the award was named.

The list of past award winners as well as this year’s winner is testimony to the judgment of the juries so serving. After the demise of the Transcript-Telegram, the Holyoke Rotary Club Secretary at the time, Wayne Alderman, contacted William Dwight Sr. to discuss the continuation of the prestigious award established in the name of his father. It seemed quite logical since William Dwight Sr. was the oldest and longest continuous member of the Holyoke Rotary club, having joined in 1930. William Dwight Sr. agreed and contributed the seed money to the club for the award to continue. The Holyoke Rotary club is honored to have been given this responsibility and will strive to maintain the caliber of the award through the coming years.

Dwight Awardees

2017 - Barbara Bernard

2016 - Helene Alderman Florio

2015 - Carl Eger, Jr.

2014 - Betty Medina-Lichtenstein

2013 - Doris Ransford

2012 - Deborah Buckley

2011 -William Collamore

2010 - Michael J. Sullivan

2009 -John Kelley

2008 - David Healy

2007 - Louis F. Oldershaw

2006 - Bernard M. Lavelle

2005 - Bruce A. Yarber

2004 - Joseph T. Wright

2003 - Clare R. Rigali

2002 - Sue Ellen Panitch

2001 - Thomas N. Hazen

2000 - Margaret F. Woods

1999 - Kenneth W. Seyffer

1998 - Maril O’Malley

1997 - John T. Doyle

1996 - Maurice Ferriter

1995 - Richard Nickerson

1994 - David Bartley

1994 - Miguel Arce

1991 - Joan Steiger

1989 - Robert K. Fowler

1988 - Robert Abrams

1987 - Lou Kostin

1986 - Henry Fifield

1985 - Angela Wright

1984 - Henry Burkhardt

1983 - Roy A. Scott

1982 - Robert Curley

1981 - John T. Hickey

1980 - Edna E. Williams

1979 - Adeline Barowsky

1978 - Marcelle M. Burgee

1977 - Eugene P. Tamburi

1976 - Alice Childs

1975 - Clarke S. Lyon

1974 - Rosario Montcalm

1973 - Frank Cataldo

1972 - Edward P. White

1971 - Edward F. Day

1970 - M. Gene Black

1969 - Lois B. Falcetti

1968 - Wayne Alderman

1967 - Donald R. Taber

1966 - Herman E. Pihl

1965 - Wyatt E. Harper

1964 - Mrs. Donald P. Cooke

1963 - Richard P. Towne

1962 - Dorothy N. Franz

1961 - Mrs. Richard Weiser

1960 - Jacob L. Barowsky

1959 - William Hubbard

1958 - Mrs. Russell W. Magna

1958 - Mrs. John N. Hazen

1957 - Robert E. Barrett, Jr.

1957 - Edward P. Bagg, Jr.

1956 - John S. Begley

1955 - Daniel O’Connell

1952 - Harriet Heywood

1951 - Esther M. Greeley

1950 - Russell L. Davenport

1949 - Stuart A. Russell

1948 - Howard Conant

1947 - Joseph M. Towne

1946 - Frances Fredrick

1945 - John J. Lynch

1944 - Edmund J. Slate

1943 - Frank B. Towne

1942 - William C. Hammond

1941 - Nathan P. Avery

1940 - Joseph B. Weis