Local resident Dr. Richard O'Toole will present the annual Les Tupper Community Service Awards on Monday, May 14, at JPL's von Karman Auditorium. The event gets underway at 7 p.m. and the public is invited. The sponsoring group is the La Cañada Flintridge Coordinating Council.
O'Toole, executive manager of the Office of Legislative Affairs at JPL, started there in 1975 and served as a group supervisor and section manger in the Systems Division before moving to his current role in 1988. He received his bachelor's degree from Brown University and a doctorate in economics from the University of California at San Diego.
“Exploring Space: 2011, A Year in Review” will be the topic of his presentation.
The Les Tupper Award, given to honor outstanding community volunteers, is named after the late Leslie C. (Les) Tupper, a La Cañada Flintridge resident and community leader. This year's awardees are Barbara Weber, Randy Strapazon, Kathryn Battaglia and Alex Keledjian. Also receiving Tupper awards this year are two organizations: La Cañada Junior Baseball/Softball Assn. and the Flintridge Riding Club.