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The Robert W. Stoddard Award for Outstanding Service to the Community
January 2017

photo courtesy of Worcester Publishing, Ltd.

The Fletcher name has been well known in the City of Worcester and at Bancroft School for generations. Allen, the youngest child of Paris Fletcher and Marion Stoddard Fletcher ’28, is using his talents as a writer, speaker, architect, and urban design expert to create his own legacy in our city. Allen’s goal is to restore Worcester to its full glory and rightful place as “a city you want to live in — one your children want to come back to.” Happily, we are seeing that vision come to life before our eyes.

After spending time away in his youth — volunteering as a Community Development Officer for the Peace Corps in Senegal, earning a master’s in architecture at Berkeley, and opening a construction company in California — Allen returned to his roots in Worcester. He worked as a reporter at the Telegram and Gazette, and later founded Worcester Publishing, Ltd., home of (among other publications) the Worcester Business Journal and Worcester Magazine. The latter, he said, represented “the kind of relationship to the community that I wanted.” Now retired as chairman, he reflects, “I think the best thing we have done is we’ve given people hope. It goes back to giving people a voice.”

Through the years, Allen has applied his passion for urban design, social justice, and community service in local nonprofit and civic activities. He is a co-founder and past president of the Greater Worcester Land Trust, begun in 1987 to “purchase, hold, advocate for, and preserve critical open space” for future generations. He has held leadership roles with groups including the Worcester Youth Center, Blackstone Canal Taskforce, Union Station Alliance, and Earthos Institute, as well as organizing the Blackstone Valley’s Annual Canal Fest.

Allen has lived in Worcester’s Canal District for the past 12 years and serves as chairman of the Canal District Alliance. He is deeply invested in reinvigorating the District to allow mixed-zoning development and create a vibrant multi-use community, and is well on the way to realizing that vision. Other activities for this very busy, very accomplished gentleman include hosting Channel 3’s Central Mass Chronicles, teaching at the Boston Architectural College, and serving as chairman of the Fletcher Foundation.

It is Bancroft School’s distinct honor to award the 2016 Robert W. Stoddard (1923) Award for Outstanding Community Service to Allen Fletcher, whose good work has made an indelible impact on the City of Worcester and its residents.


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