In 1952, the New England Society established the Reginald T. Townsend Award, named for its 64th President, to recognize outstanding achievement representing the finest attributes of the New England character. Award recipients have represented excellence in a wide range of fields, from the sciences, academia and letters, to politics and the arts. To date, the Award has been presented to the following individuals:


1952

Wilmot Brookings Mitchell

American history scholar and Bowdoin College professor


1953

Lloyd D. Brace

Chairman of the Board at First National Bank of Boston


1954

Clare Leighton

Artist, writer and illustrator


1955

Samuel Chamberlain

Printmaker, artist, photographer and writer


1956


 

Joseph Nye Welch

 


 

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Attorney and lead counsel for the U.S. Army for the McCarthy Hearings.

 


1957
 

James G. Blaine
 

Alternate Delegate to the Republican National Convention
from Rhode Island in 1912.


1958

Herbert Ross Brown

Literary scholar and editor, The New England Quarterly.


1959
 

 Robert Cutler
 

U.S. Government official and the first person to serve as National Security Advisor (Eisenhower Administration)


1960

 

Hon. John Davis Lodge

79th Governor of Connecticut and U.S. Ambassador to Argentina, Spain and Switzerland

 

 


1961
 

Robb Sagendorph
 

Founder and President of Yankee, Inc., publishers
of The Old Farmer's Almanac


1962
 

Francis T. P. Plimpton
 

Diplomat; partner at the law firm of Debevoise & Plimpton and President of the New York City Bar Association.


1963

 Rosemary Park

 American History scholar and President of Connecticut College


1963

 Walter Muir Whitehill

Author, historian and the Director and Librarian of the Boston Athenaeum


1964
 

 Douglas Horton
 

Protestant clergyman, founding contributor to the National Council of Churches and the World Council of Churches


1964
 

 Harold Jefferson Coolidge
 

Zoologist and a founding director of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and the World Wildlife Fund


1965
 

Paul Dudley White, MD
 

Cardiologist, founding member of the National Heart Institute and of the American Heart Association; President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s physician.


1966

 Frank L. Boyden

Headmaster of Deerfield Academy


1967

Hon. Leverett Saltonstall

55th Governor of Massachusetts and U.S. Senator


1968

Samuel Eliot Morison

Rear Admiral, U.S. Naval Reserve and American maritime historian.


1969

John Sloan Dickey

U.S. Diplomat, scholar and President of Dartmouth College


1970

Edward M. Fuller II

 79th New England Society President


1972
 

Dr. Mary I. Bunting
 

Radcliffe College’s fifth President, responsible for fully integrating women into Harvard University.


1973
 

Calvin Hastings Plimpton, MD

Physician and educator, President of the American University of Beirut and Amherst College, where he was responsible for admitting women


1975
 

John N. Cole
 

Author and journalist; founder an editor of Maine Times, editor The Bath-Brunswick Times and The Kennebunk Star.


1976
 

Eric Sloane
 

Hudson River School landscape painter and author of illustrated works of cultural history and folklore.


1977

Edward A. Weeks

Editor, The Atlantic


1978

Hon. William S. Cohen
 

U.S. politician, represented Maine in the House of Representatives, and served as Secretary of Defense (Clinton Administration)


1979

 Brendan Gill

Author and writer for The New Yorker


1980

Walter Hoving

President and Chairman, Tiffany & Co.


1981

Louis Auchincloss

Novelist, historian and essayist


1982

Hon. Kingman Brewster

President of Yale University and U.S. Ambassador to the Court of St. James


1983

Dr. Nathan Marsh Pusey

President of Lawrence College and 24th President of Harvard Universit


1984

Moorhead C. Kennedy

U. S. Diplomat; captive during the Iranian Hostage Crisis until his freedom was negotiated by President Jimmy Carter


1985
 

Arlene Francis
 

Actress, radio talk show host, and television game show panelist on What's My Line?


1986
 

George Plimpton
 

Journalist, writer, editor and actor; founder of the literary magazine The Paris Review


1987

Richard Purdy Wilbur
 

American poet; Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress and two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry


1988
 

William F. Buckley, Jr.
 

Author, commentator and journalist; founder of the political magazine National Review and host of the television show Firing Line


1989

Dominick Dunne

Novelist and investigative reporter


1990

Harrison E. Salisbury
 

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist; first regular New York Times correspondent in Moscow after World War II


1991
 

Cleveland Amory
 

Author; youngest editor of The Saturday Evening Post; animal rights activist; founder of Fund for Animals Fund


1992
 

Ruth Warrick
 

Film actress known for her role in Citizen Kane, and All My Children soap opera star; political activist


1993
 

Francis "Fay" Vincent, Jr.
 

Lawyer and sports executive who served as the eighth Commissioner of Major League Baseball


1994

Hon. Joseph Verner Reed
 

U.S. Ambassador to Morocco; Chief of Protocol of the White House (George H.W. Bush Administration) and noted conservationist


1995

Walter Cronkite
 

Peabody award-winning broadcast journalist and anchorman for CBS Evening News


1996

Hon. Everett Ellis Briggs
 

U.S. Ambassador to Honduras, Panama and Portugal; served on the National Security Council (George H.W. Bush Administration)


1997

William Charles Beutel

Broadcast journalist; ABC News anchor


1998

Charles E. Pierce, Jr.

Director of The Morgan Library and Museum for over 40 years


1999

Samuel Sachs II
 

Museum Director of the Minneapolis Institute of Art, the Detroit Institute of Arts and The Frick Collection


2000

Anne Hawley

Director, The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum


2001

David McCullough
 

Author, narrator and historian; two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize for his books Truman and John Adams


2002

Charles Scribner III

Chairman of publishing house Charles Scribner & Sons which was founded by his great-great grandfather in 1846


2003

Charles Osgood
 

Radio (The Osgood File on CBS Radio Network) and television (CBS News Sunday Morning) commentator


2004

James M. Fowler
 

Author and naturalist, Emmy award-winning television host of Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom


2005

Samuel A. Waterston
 

Actor, producer and director, noted for his portrayal of Jack McCoy on NBC's Law & Order


2006

Elizabeth Barlow Rogers