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  • On November 8, 2019, the New England Society will be honoring Ronald Lee Fleming, FAICP, with the Reginald T. Townsend Award for “outstanding achievement representing the finest attributes of the New England character.”

    A member of the Society of the Cincinnati in the State of New Jersey, Mr. Fleming represents Captain Giles Mead of the 1st New Jersey Regiment. And though Mead fought in the Revolutionary War from 1775 until its conclusion in 1783 on behalf of New Jersey, Mr. Fleming points out that, as it is with his other lines, Mead’s story actually begins in New England. The family hailed from Mead’s Point in Connecticut.

    The New England Society, in bestowing the award to Mr. Fleming, cites his work as the founder and president of The Townscape Institute, a nonprofit public interest planning organization based in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

    As an urban planner and designer, preservation advocate, civic leader, thought leader and change agent,” states the Society, “Mr. Fleming’s lifetime of work focuses on creating livable and sustainable cities, towns, and neighborhoods.”

    The author of six books (of which an early trilogy was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in 1982), Mr. Fleming was founding chairman of the Cambridge Municipal Arts Council, is Chair Emeritus of Scenic America, and has served many other cultural and civic organizations. His philanthropic work to support initiatives to beautify and improve communities led the City of Newport, Rhode Island to declare “Ron Fleming Day,” noting: “Mr. Fleming is a recognized authority in the role of art in creating vibrant, livable places, adding luster to Newport’s worldwide reputation as a showcase of art and architecture.”

    Mr. Fleming is a passionate advocate for historic preservation, and history on the whole, speaking proudly of Captain Mead’s journey in escorting the French to the seminal Battle of Yorktown.

    Those wishing to attend the New England Society’s 214th Annual Dinner Dance, at which the award will be presented to Mr. Fleming, may purchase tickets here.