National Press Club

'61 NPC President John Cosgrove Honored with New Award

October 17, 2008

President Sylvia Smith presents John Cosgrove with the first President's Award of Distinction

President Sylvia Smith presents John Cosgrove with the first President's Award of Distinction

Photo/Image: John Gallagher

John Cosgrove, Club president in 1961 and longtime activist in the Club's affairs, was honored Thursday night as the recipient of the first President’s Award of Distinction.

Named for Cosgrove, the honor will be bestowed at the discretion of the Club president and will recognize outstanding continued service by former presidents of the Club.

President Sylvia Smith said she chose Cosgrove as the first recipient because of his 62 years of service to the Club and his love of the organization.

Smith announced the award at the Fall Hoot, the gathering of silver and golden owls of the NPC.

She told Cosgrove: "You have set the bar very high for past presidents, and I want to personally thank you for your many years of continued service and for the example you set for all past presidents."

The award was created last month by the Board of Governors.