Wooden to receive Casey Medal

SHERMAN WOODEN

BY STACI WILSON

A lifetime of commitment to bringing forth the area’s collective heritage as an educator, author, lecturer and historian has earned a Montrose man a distinguished honor.

Sherman Wooden, president of the Center for Anti-Slavery Studies in Montrose, will be recognized Thursday evening by the Neighborhood Housing Services of Lackawanna County with a Governor Robert P. Casey Medal for a Lifetime of Service.

Wooden is one of five honorees at the event. Others to be recognized include: Dr. Frank Bucci; Judge and Mrs. Richard Conaboy; and Lois Kelly.

Wooden said he was shocked and humbled by the award. “I am so proud to be a part of the northeast Pennsylvania family.”

Wooden added, “I’m proud to have had the opportunity to come back and give back to the community that gave me so much in my lifetime.”

In addition to his work with CASS, Wooden served as the director of Multicultural Affairs at the University of Scranton until his retirement in 2010.

In 2009, he authored “The Place I Call Home,” which detailed the historical importance of the African American community and the Underground Railroad in the region.

Wooden grew up in the Montrose area, graduating from Elk Lake High School. He went on to earn bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Howard University, Washington, D.C. He then furthered his education with studies at The Catholic University of America.

“The nurturing and encouragement I received from the time of my grade and high school experiences, whether in school or in church or in the community, has made me a product I am,” he said.

The Governor Robert P. Casey Medal for a Lifetime of Service is presented annually by NHS.

For 30 years, NHS has faithfully served the greater northeasternPennsylvaniacommunity by empowering individuals and families through homeownership education & promotion, property rehabilitation and affordable lending for modest income families. Through this honor, NHS seeks to acknowledge individuals in the community who, like NHS, have faithfully invested their time and talents to the betterment of the quality of life in northeasternPennsylvania.

John W. Cosgrove, President of Neighborhood Housing Services ofLackawanna, said, “In our 30 years of service, NHS has had an incredibly positive impact on improving the quality of our neighbor’s lives. This is a really terrific way for us to say thank you to a few of our community leaders even as we highlight the extraordinary good works of this small, but mighty organization.”

The awards presentation will be held Thursday, April 19, at theScrantonHilton & ConferenceCenter.