Phyllis Paccadolmi Awards

Phyllis Paccadolmi (192?-2006) devoted over 50 years of her long life to the Ridgefield Library, joining its small staff straight out of high school in 1946 and retiring in 1999 after having served in every capacity from page to director. For generations of Ridgefielders, “Miss P” personified the Ridgefield Library and is remembered fondly for her warmth, helpfulness and encyclopedic knowledge of the town and its people. This award honors those whose commitment to the Library exemplifies her spirit and dedication.

Contact: Chris Nolan, Library Director, 203-438-6960


2014 Award Winners

The 2014 Paccadolmi Awards were given out on Friday, May 9th during Opening Weekend dedication ceremonies for the new Ridgefield Library. Please join us in honoring these extraordinary people.

Leadership: Philip & Christine Lodewick

Philip Lodewick, aided by his wife Christine, served as Chair of the Campaign for the New Ridgefield Library. He coined the slogan Do It Once, Do it Right, Do It Now, and then made it happen just that way.  It is due to his leadership that the Library was able to raise over $15 million privately and to secure bond funding of $5 million from the town at referendum.

Volunteers: The Friends of the Ridgefield Library

The Friends of the Ridgefield Library's commitment of $100,000 in 2006 was virtually the first pledge received for the project, and their further commitment in 2013 was the gift that pushed us over our fundraising goal.  Along the way, they helped out in every possible way.  With total giving of over $300,000 and countless hours of volunteer service, the Friends have been indispensable and inspirational.

Past Year's Recipients:

Barbara Dobbin and Patricia Tenney and The McGerald Family (Evan, Katherine, Kasey, Ethan & Riley)

Lori Dowling and Marcia Simha

N.M. Donofrio and Liz Montanari

Peter T. Coffin and Dr. Heidi B. Hammel

Hope H. Swenson and Melissa Brady

Dr. Theodore Safford, Jr. and Nicole & Daniel Gutter

Morton S. Bailey, III and Gretchen Bishop





Nicole and Daniel Gutter, recipients of the 2008 Paccadolmi Award for volunteerism