NRHS Honors Dillon With 60-Year Membership Pin

Akron Railroad Club vice president J. Gary Dillon was recently presented with a silver 60-year membership pin by the National Railway Historical Society. Dillon joined the Midwest Chapter of NRHS in 1949. He was just the second chapter member to receive a 50-year membership pin.  Dillon also served for several years as an NRHS national director.

“Your fellow members of the Society salute you for your impressive record of long and faithful support, which has contributed to making our organization the outstanding one in the world of rail history preservation,” wrote NRHS director of membership awards Joseph C. Maloney, Jr. in a letter to Dillon congratulating him on joining the 60 year club within NRHS.

The Midwest Chapter plans to honor Dillon at its November banquet.

Dillion, who joined the ARRC on June 26, 1947, has been the organization’s vice president since 1975. He has held every office in the Akron Railroad Club except bulletin editor.

The Akron native has an interest in railroads of every type, but his particular passion is traction. In the 1940s and 1950s Dillon traveled extensively to ride the last interurban and trolley systems left in the country before many of them shut down.

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