Dr. Robert O. Wilson – George L. Plimpton Award 2016
The George L. Plimpton Award, created in 1953, is a service award presented to an alumnus or alumna for outstanding contributions to society. Therefore, such an honor is not dependent on active involvement with the school, but rather it is dependent on his or her service to the community. “Their community” can be defined as the geographic area where he or she lives or works, or it can take in a larger scope such as work on a regional, state, or other level. The involvement can be of high impact over a short period of time or can cover an extended period of time.
This year’s honoree has an extensive biography of accomplishments, achievements and dedication to service spanning a lifetime.
No stranger to education, he is the son of two New York public school teachers and attended Syracuse University, where he studied English Composition and received a Bachelor of the Arts degree in 1959. Changing his course a bit, he went on to the University of Buffalo and received a D.D.S. degree in 1962. From 1962-1965, his internship and residency time was spent specializing in oral surgery at the Millard Fillmore hospital in Buffalo, New York.
He is an active member of the New Hampshire Dental Society, American Dental Association, American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, American Dental Society of Anesthesiology, and the American College of Dentists.
He has received several awards in his lifetime specific to outstanding citizenship. In 1971 he was honored as the Outstanding Young Man of Concord and was subsequently named Outstanding Young Man of New Hampshire the following year. He was recognized by the American Heart Association in 1977 with an Outstanding Service Award and was recognized by the New England United Methodist Church for Excellence in Social Justice Action in 1976. In 1978 the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce named him an Outstanding Citizen. Honored with a faculty position at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine and New Hampshire Technical Institute School of Dental Hygiene, he also received the MacRury Award in 1990 - the New Hampshire Dental Society’s highest distinction for service in merit.
For nearly 20 years, he served as Chief of the Dental Department at nearby Concord Hospital before he formed the Concord Oral Surgery Professional Association that now has offices in both Concord and Peterborough, New Hampshire.
These impressive accomplishments simply scratch the surface of this inductee as he has balanced outside success with parallel achievements on the Hill. First appointed to the Tilton School Board of Trustees by the United Methodist Church in 1984, he has served in this role since.
His service to the Tilton Community has been nothing short of inspirational. In 2007, he received the John Charles Daly Award and in 2016, he received an honorary diploma and induction to our Alumni Association recognizing his more than than 30 years of dedication.
Though a very busy man, he loves to spend time with his wife of more than 50 years, Jill Leanne, their children and grandchildren. A sailor and cross-country skier, he has a soft spot for American History and woodworking and also serves on the Board of Trustees at the Capitol Center for the Arts.
We are extremely proud of his many accomplishments, especially his commitment to Tilton School for which we now acknowledge Dr. Robert Omer Wilson as the 2016 recipient of the George L. Plimpton Award.