The Gloucester Rotary Club has named David Babson and Richard Wilson as Paul Harris Fellows, the prestigious award named after the Chicago lawyer who founded Rotary in 1905.
Babson was selected by a club committee of previous recipients of the award, while Wilson was chosen by members of the Interact Club, the very active group of Junior Rotarians at Gloucester High School.
Babson and Wilson will be honored at a dinner Wednesday at Cruiseport Gloucester, 6 Rowe Square, Gloucester. A social hour begins at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m.
A practicing lawyer in Gloucester since 1974, Babson has been actively involved in the professional and civic life of the community for the past 40 years. After graduating from the Boston University School of Law, he was an associate of David Harrison from 1974 to 1977 and then entered into partnership with James Bagshaw for the next 20 years. For the past 15 years, he has practiced on his own, dealing primarily in estates, wills, trusts, real estate, and corporations.
Babson has a long record of service to Gloucester, having worked on the boards of the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce, the Horribles Parade Committee, the Cape Ann Symphony, the Annisquam Village Church, and Mount Adnah Cemetery. He has been a long-time member of the Gloucester Rotary Club, serving as president in 1981 to 1982. Babson is the president of Babson Historical Association, a board member of the Gloucester Development Team, and an incorporator of the Cape Ann Savings Bank.
Babson lives in Annisquam with Val, his wife of 41 years. They have three children, David, Amanda and Warren; and three grandchildren, Kavika, Antonie and Winston.
Richard “Dick” Wilson is in his second life as a well-known community activist. Shortly after his graduation, cum laude, from the University of Massachusetts in 1963, Wilson entered the world of insurance and financial planning in Boston with the New England Mutual Life Insurance Agency, which he led for 34 years until his retirement in 1996.