2015 recipients of the Thomas S. Green Public Service Award

The Worcester Regional Research Bureau today announced the 2015 recipients of the Thomas S. Green Public Service Award:

  • Patricia Bruchmann, City of Worcester Department of Public Health
  • Pamela Callahan, City of Worcester Department of Human Resources
  • Michael Ferguson, City of Worcester Department of Public Works and Parks
  • Michael Lyons, Worcester Public Schools
  • James Robbins, Town of Westborough Planning Department

The Research Bureau’s Award Committee, chaired by Barbara Clifford, selected the recipients from nominees submitted by the public.

The Awards are named in memory of Thomas S. Green, a founder of The Research Bureau, and one of its original Directors. Mr. Green was a civic leader for many decades and a Vice President of Norton Company (now Saint-Gobain). This is the twenty-fifth annual Green Awards presentation, which has honored 100 public servants since its founding.

This year, The Research Bureau honors five employees who have made outstanding contributions to public service. The Awards publicly recognize the efforts of individuals exhibiting the following characteristics:

  • Exceptional competence and efficient handling of all assigned responsibilities.
  • Willing performance of tasks above and beyond the call of duty.
  • Friendly, helpful, and cooperative attitude toward the public and fellow employees.
  • Distinguishing accomplishment above other employees.

The awards ceremony will take place at Assumption College in Worcester on Wednesday, March 25, 2015, at 5 p.m. It is free and open to the public. A reception in honor of the recipients will follow. RSVP to 508-799-7169 or via email to

Timothy J. McGourthy, The Research Bureau’s Executive Director, said, “The Bureau is pleased to sponsor the Thomas S. Green Awards whereby business and  civic leaders from Greater Worcester salute the service of dedicated public employees. The Green Awards highlight the unsung heroes and let public servants know that exceptional efforts are recognized and appreciated.”

The Research Bureau, founded in 1985, serves the public interest of Greater Worcester by conducting independent, non-partisan research and analysis of public policy issues to promote informed public debate and decision-making. For more information see www.wrrb.org, Facebook (The Research Bureau), and Twitter (@WRRBureau)