by Frank Winkler
Archie C. Swindell is the 2012 Jacqueline B. Nixon Community Service Award winner, reflecting his many years of “Giving Back to the Community.” The August 3 City of Groton Day celebration featured his regognition, which includes a Hitchcock arm chair inscribed in his honor.
The award was named by Groton Utilities in 2004 to commemorate Jackie Nixon’s service, such as her opeation of a food pantry in her residence for 24 years. She distributed food on a regular basis to many needy families before she passed away July 6, 2004.
Bob Zuliani, who nominated Swindell for the award, said that “Archie is a recognized professional who has contributed countless hours for the Groton community and continues to contribute up to the very day.
“His civil and community programs are endless,” he says.
Swindell was cited as “a classic man for all seasons. His experiences include many areas of community service, including education, governmental service, history, music and the arts,” said Groton Utilities in making the award. Swindell retired from a distinguished science career at Pfizer in 1995, and since then has expanded his community services.
His educational contributions range from serving on the Groton Board of Education, including two years as the Board’s chair, to his many years on the Groton Representative Town Meeting (RTM), includes chairing its Education Committee.
His involvement with education extends to his service on the Board of Directors of LEARN, the Regional Educational Services Center for southeastern Connecticut. He is a current member of the building committee for the Marine Science Magnet High School in Groton, which is operated by LEARN.
He serves on the Board of the Avery-Copp Museum in the City of Groton, is the treasurer of the Board of Directors of the Connecticut Early Music Society, and is the Administration Committee Chair for the Friends of the Eastern Connecticut Symphony. He has also contributed his time and intellect to the New London Landmarks, the Friends of Fort Griswold and Art on Groton Bank.