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2018 Alumni Awards            

Join us in congratulating the following four distinguished members of Bancroft's community on their selection as the Bancroft Alumni Award Recipients for 2018.  Each year the Alumni Council confers Alumni Awards to deserving recipients who are selected based on a detailed criteria.
Dix F. Davis: Milton P. Higgins (1918) Award for Service to Bancroft School
Charles K. Aleksiewicz: Robert W. Stoddard (1923) Award for Outstanding Community Service
Linda Tilton Gibson ’83:
Esther Forbes (1907) Award for Distinguished Professional Achievement
Michael D. Cohen ’98: Young Alumni Achievement Award
(Select Award title below to read about these recipients)

Milton P. Higgins Award for Distinguished Service to Bancroft School: Dix F. Davis

Dix Davis's association with Bancroft over the past 40 years has been one of great dedication. Through his work as a Trustee from 1982-1997, and as President of the Board from 1992-1995, he demonstrated a devotion to the aims and mission of the School. During his tenure he served on numerous committees including personnel, buildings and grounds, and development, and chaired both the finance and investment committees. He oversaw balanced budgets during his years as treasurer, and was instrumental in helping the School's growth.

Together with his family—wife Sarah, a former second-grade teacher and librarian, and their three children, Tom ’88, Bill ’90, and Margaret “Muffy” ’95—Dix has remained a dedicated supporter and ambassador of Bancroft School.

The Milton P. Higgins (1918) Award for Distinguished Service to Bancroft School will be presented to Dix F. Davis at the Out in Front Campaign Kickoff in the Fall of 2018.

Robert W. Stoddard Award for Outstanding Community Service: Charles K. Aleksiewicz

For almost 50 years, Charlie Aleksiewicz, better known as Mr. A, has made a significant impact on young people in Central Massachusetts. From his roles at Bancroft as teacher, coach, and administrator, to his latest role directing the Worcester Partnership academic enrichment program for underserved children, he has been an unstoppable force for good. What makes him special is his belief that he can make a difference — and he does, one child at a time. Through his tireless commitment and work, Charlie inspires good people to join him in his efforts. Not only has he raised close to $1 million for the Partnership, he is the biggest cheerleader for “his kids.” In them, he has given the City of Worcester a true gift: a generation of children who have a bright dream for their future and the tools to achieve it. Charlie and his wife Mary are parents of Kerri ’90, Kathleen ’92 and grandparents of Tim Melley ’22, and Sarah Melley ’26.


The Robert W. Stoddard (1923) Award for Outstanding Community Service will be presented to Charles K. Aleksiewicz on April 20, 2018, as part of the Reunion 2018 celebration.

Esther Forbes Award for Distinguished Professional Achievement: Linda Tilton Gibson ’83

Bancroft faculty and classmates are not surprised that Linda Tilton Gibson ’83 has built a hugely successful career as an executive and leader in the field of global finance. Linda is known as a skilled negotiator and relationship builder, with proven success in forming, leading, managing, and operating complex financial organizations in both the private and public sectors. During her 18-year tenure with Old Mutual Asset Management (OMAM) she was a key member of the company’s executive team, overseeing all aspects of the firm’s business. As the Executive Vice President and Head of Global Distribution/CEO and Director of OMAM International, Linda was instrumental in taking the company public. She holds a B.A. from Bates College, a J.D. from Boston University School of Law, and is a graduate of the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School. Linda is the mother of two Bancroft graduates, Gray ’12, and Reese ’14, and her husband Kevan is the former President of the Board.


The Esther Forbes (1907) Award for Distinguished Professional Achievement will be presented to Linda Tilton Gibson ’83 on April 21, 2018, as part of the Reunion 2018 celebration.

Young Alumni Achievement Award: Michael D. Cohen ’98

Michael carried his love of scholarly pursuits from Bancroft to Carleton College, where he graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in History and Mathematics, then went on to earn his Ph.D. in History from Harvard University. Now a Research Associate Professor at the University of Tennessee, Michael has become a noted historian. He began work on the James K. Polk Project in 2009, taking over as editor in 2015. His work transcribing, annotating, and publishing President Polk’s letters has emerged as an essential resource for students and researchers. He is currently working on the publication of the 14th and final volume of the series. Michael’s first book, Reconstructing the Campus: Higher Education and the American Civil War, published in 2012, received both the Critics’ Choice Book Award from the American Educational Studies Association and the Linda Eisenmann Prize from the History of Education Society. Michael is now living in Minnesota.

The Young Alumni Achievement Award will be awarded to Michael D. Cohen ’98 on April 21, 2018, as part of the Reunion 2018 celebration.

Each year the Alumni Council confers awards for achievement.

Recipients are selected on the basis of the specified criteria. Anyone interested in nominating a candidate for one of these awards for next year's Reunion should read the descriptions as they appear here, and then either send nominations to alumni@bancroftschool.org or call (508) 853-2640 ext 298 with suggestions. Nominations now accepted for 2019


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