February 8, 2008
Sumner “Tony” Tilton Jr. ('63 LLB) receives Worcester community award
Sumner “Tony” Tilton Jr. ('63 LLB) has been selected as this year’s recipient of the Isaiah Thomas Award. He will be honored during the Worcester Telegram and Gazette Visions award ceremony, which will be held February 5 at Mechanics Hall in Worcester.
Tilton is a director at the Worcester law firm of Fletcher, Tilton & Whipple, P.C., and he has served as chairman of the UMass Memorial Health Care Inc. board of trustees.
“Getting involved in the community is very rewarding,” said Tilton in a January 6, 2008 Worcester Telegram & Gazette article. “You get to know new institutions and processes, as well as meeting new people and making new friends.”
Visions was initiated by the Telegram & Gazette in 1991 to promote change, encourage community involvement and recognize achievement. Tilton will be honored at this year’s ceremony for his numerous efforts on behalf of the community.
The Isaiah Thomas Award is named after the American patriot printer and was created in 1950 by the Advertising Club of Worcester. The Telegram & Gazette agreed to become custodian of the prize in 1999, and its awarding became part of the company’s Visions program.
The award is given to a citizen who has made an outstanding contribution to society during the year or for services rendered over a period of time. Tilton’s contributions include serving as a trustee or director for at least two dozen schools, institutions or other organizations.
He has received numerous awards, including the Greater Worcester Jaycees Outstanding Young Man Award, the Massachusetts Bar Association Award for Outstanding Community Service and the Martin Luther King Jr. Business Empowerment Center Community Service Award.
Tilton has also been involved in several initiatives over the years that have been considered crucial to the Worcester region’s future. For example, he’s played an important role in the recent establishment of Choose Worcester Inc., a privately funded, public-private partnership formed to help businesses locate, grow and prosper in the city.
Reported by Liz Ress