PITTSFIELD, Massachusetts – In memory of Daniel Dillon, Berkshire Community College (BCC) and the Board of Directors of the BCC Alumni Association, along with Dillon’s family, founded the annual Daniel Dillon ’62 Heart of Service Alumni Award.
âDan was an amazing personality who left a legacy of love, compassion, and service in others. At BCC, we are happy to have been part of that legacy, âsaid Toni Buckley, Director of Alumni Relations. “He was a passionate advocate for those in need of opportunity, and he firmly believed that education was an opportunity for individuals to enjoy a better quality of life.”
The award is designed to honor a BCC alumnus, past undergraduate, or current student who has contributed to and influenced the community through serving others. The recipient will have shown their volunteer and professional dedication to making Berkshire County a fairer and more inclusive place for all.
“Dan will live in the memories we have of him, in the stories we continue to share, and in the enduring good he did to improve our community,” said Buckley.
A 1962 graduate of Berkshire Community College (BCC), Daniel Dillon has been affectionately referred to as a gentle giant – and a man who cared about his community, according to a press release. His death in January 2021 was a devastating loss not only to his family and friends, but also to the faculty, staff, and students of the BCC, whom he influenced in many ways.
After graduating from St. Joseph Central High School and the BCC, Dillon served two years in the U.S. Army. On his return he became a draftsman at General Electric, where he also worked as a union official. In 1977 Dillon was elected to Pittsfield City Council and served three terms. He then served as President of Berkshire United Way for 12 years and received the Francis X Doyle Award for Community Service in 2005. For thirteen years he was co-producer and master of ceremonies for the local Telethon United Cerebral Palsy, and for many years he was Vice-President of the Irish American Committee and the Irish Sister City Committee. Dillon was also a member of the Pittsfield Human Services Commission and the Success By 6 steering committee.
After retiring from Berkshire United Way, Dillon joined Greylock Federal Credit Union as Relationship Director and was instrumental in resurrecting the BCC Alumni Association. At the time of his death, Dillon served on the BCC Foundation’s board of directors and on the development committee.