Dick Pirozzolo, A Prominent Boston Public Relations Agency Head, Is Honored For Lifetime Achievement By Hamden Education Foundation Of Connecticut
Dick Pirozzolo, public relations agency founder, author, and journalist was honored for numerous achievements as a corporate communications strategist, journalist, and author who advocates for peaceful solutions to world tensions as editorial board member of The Boston Global Forum
Dick Pirozzolo, a prominent Boston public relations agency head, author, and Wellesley, Massachusetts resident, was recently presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Hamden Education Foundation, which each-year honors Hamden High School graduates for their accomplishments and contributions to society.
“Since 2001 the HEF Award has gone to over 140 outstanding graduates from Hamden, Connecticut, including a Pulitzer Prize winner, co-recipient of the Nobel Prize, and leaders in the performing arts, business and medicine,” according to Awards Committee member Wendy Ocone of Hamden. Connecticut.
A paving brick, with Pirozzolo’s name and the year of the award, will be laid at the Hamden High School Courtyard as a permanent marker of the honor with a duplicate given to him as a memento. As part of the ceremony, Pirozzolo also received a Certificate of Accomplishment from United States Senator Christopher Murphy, and a Certificate of Special Recognitionfrom United States Representative Rosa L. DeLauro.
The citation-to-accompany the award read in part: “after growing up in Hamden and graduating from the University of Connecticut in 1967, Dick entered the U.S. Air Force where he rose to the rank of captain and was awarded the Bronze Star for his service as a press officer in Saigon.
“He credits his Air Force experience as well as Gary Burgard, his English teacher and Hamden High School Class of ’62 Advisor, the skills needed to launch a successful career as a journalist and public relations professional.
“While in his 30s, Dick founded Pirozzolo Company Public Relations in Boston, serving clients such as WBZ-TV (CBS) with performing arts campaigns and the government of Vietnam with U.S. reconciliation and trade initiatives.
“Continuing his involvement with Vietnam, Dick serves on the Editorial Board of Boston Global Forum, a think tank focused on reducing world tensions and fostering business and cultural ties with Vietnam. He has also become a vocal proponent of expanding benefits to Vietnam Veterans suffering from Agent Orange afflictions.
“Dick has written and published five nonfiction books on traditional homebuilding and design and in 2017, published his first novel with coauthor Michal Morris—the critically acclaimed, “Escape from Saigon – a Novel” (Skyhorse Publishing, New York) set during April 1975, the final month of the Vietnam War.
“An accredited Public Relations Society of America member, Dick holds membership in The National Press Club, Washington, DC; The Society of Professional Journalists (Sigma Delta Chi honorary society); and The Foreign Press Association.
“He lives in Wellesley, Massachusetts with his wife Jane and their Golden Retriever Cooper.”
Said Tony Russo, a 1963 graduate and educator, who took part in the ceremonies, “Hamden High School has an impressive list of alumni, but what touches us most is that nearly all HEF Alumni recipients attribute some of their success to experiences and people who have touched their lives from their years at Hamden High.”
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