Timothy Dilworth   2005 UNB Distinguished Service Award Recipient

Professor Dilworth has enjoyed a full and successful career as a popular teacher of wildlife management and related courses in the Department of Biology.  He has also been a researcher and sponsor or co-sponsor of 29 graduate students and their research dissertations.  While successfully pursuing these expected university teaching and scholarship activities, he found the time and energy to give exemplary and almost monumental service to the administrative functions of the university.

 Beyond the normal call of duty to many department and university committees, Professor Dilworth served for a decade as the Director of Graduate Studies in Biology, at a time when graduate studies everywhere in the university were burgeoning.  This job alone is a Herculean and generally unrewarded labor of love.  In the previous five years he was the Assistant Dean of Science, while carrying on with a full measure of departmental responsibilities.  In more recent years Prof. Dilworth served on the University Senate, Budget Advisory and Budget Management committees.  All of these named activities gave him an almost unparalleled opportunity to have a very high impact on the betterment of the University.

 Prof. Dilworth’s most exceptional and enduring contribution to the University has been to preside for seven years as Chair of Biology while guiding his department skillfully and perceptively through a period of intense renewal and change.  During this time his Department has virtually reinvented itself as a stellar unit within the Faculty of Science.

 Busy men such as Professor Dilworth would seem to have no spare time at all.  Yet in 1993 the Government of Canada presented him with one of its 125th Anniversary Commemorative Medals in recognition of his lifetime of contributions to Canadian scouting.  He is also a recognized and frequently consulted authority and historian on the antique furniture of later colonial Canada, especially that of the Nesbitt family craftsmen.

 Presented by J. Richard Whittaker

Former Professor of Biology

March 23, 2005