Annual Awards Recipients
Every February, at the Society's Annual Meeting, we recognize outstanding members of the community with the Dorothy Larson and David Humphreys Service awards. Below is a list of past recipients. Because our Annual Meetings recap the previous year, the newest award recipients are listed as such (i.e. - the 2003 awards were handed out in February 2004, etc).
Beginning in 2006, we began recognizing recipients of the Dr. John I. Howe Award at our Thanksgiving Receptions.
An asterisk (*) indicates the individual is deceased.
Dorothy Larson Award
For his or her many contributions to the community which in the spirit of the award's namesake coincides with the mission of the Derby Historical Society, which is to preserve, protect, and honor our cultural and traditional values.
1998 - Florence Hoinski*
1999 - Charles Rotteck, Jr.*
2000 - Edward Cotter, Jr.
2001 - Randal Ritter
2002 - Jeanette LaMacchia*
2003 - Helen I. Brady*
2004 - Mary Mycek
2005 - Dorothy DeBisschop & Karen Bauer
2006 - Marian K. O'Keefe
2007 - Venture Crew 1762
2008 - John Brady
2010 - Katharine Matthies Foundation
2011 - Daniel Waleski
2012 - Judy Augusta
David Humphreys Service Award
Awarded to members in recognition of his or her many years of service in contributing time, talent, and resources in helping fulfill the mission of the Derby Historical Society.
1999 - Margaret Gibbs & Charlotte McLean*
2000 - Arthur Tidmarsh* & Lois Young
2001 - David Carver, and Mr. & Mrs. G. Bush Clark
2002 - Lawrence Howe & Wanda Sedor
2003 - Lorraine O’Callaghan, Roy Scott*, & Eve Turaj
2004 - Margaret Els* & Ann Mester* (both posthumously)
2005 - The Kosciuszko Historical Society
2006 - Joy Donini
2007 - Edward Brickett Jr.* & Jeremiah Vartelas
2008 - Barbara Jean Garofalo
2009 - Atty. Timothy Dillon
2010 - Day in 1762 Docents
2012 - Bill Miller, Jr.
2013 - Pete Petrino
Dr. John I. Howe Award
The Dr. John I. Howe Award is awarded to a businessman or woman, individual, group, firm, corporation, or industry whose presence has consistently benefited one or more communities in the Valley region in the spirit of its namesake. This benefit is either through activism, perseverance, and/or philanthropy to the extent that the Derby Historical Society recognizes that they will be remembered in an historical context by future generations.
2001 - William Coffey*
2002 - Charles Seccombe
2004 - John Walsh
2006 - William C. Bassett & John A. Frey
2007 - The Descendants of Adolph Rapp
2008 - Margaret Gibbs
2010 - Roseland Pizza
2012 - Derby's Cohen Family
2013 - David Grant, Sr.
2014 - Ned Miller
2015 - Martha Dulla-Andrade
2016 - Roy W. Tidmarsh*
2021 - Pat Tarasovic