Attorney Michael Healy of Holliston was presented the National Eagle Scout Association (NESA) Outstanding Eagle Scout Award at a Knox Trail Council recognition dinner.
The Outstanding Eagle Scout Award is a new Boy Scouts of America award being presented to Eagle Scouts who have demonstrated outstanding achievement at the local, state or regional level. Healy is first recipient to receive the honor in the Knox Trail Council.
"The principles I learned through earning the rank of Eagle Scout at an early age have significantly helped shape my family life, career and personal endeavors,” said Attorney Healy. “It has also been a pleasure to serve the youth of America through the Boy Scouts of America. Overall, I am grateful to have received this distinguished honor."
The Knox Trail Council NESA Committee presented Healy with the prestigious award before a gathering of nearly 200 youth and adults, including a group of recent Eagle Scouts.
“I’m pleased to present this award to Michael on behalf of the NESA Committee, and the entire Knox Trail Council,” stated William Downey, Chairman of the Knox Trail Council NESA Committee. “Throughout his career, Michael has demonstrated the character and leadership expected of Eagle Scouts, while promoting the principles and aims of Scouting in his daily life. Through his accomplishments as a member of the bar and within Scouting, Michael is a role model for future generations of Eagle Scouts.”
Healy’s involvement in the Boy Scout program spans over 50 years, having earned the rank of Eagle Scout in 1960. For many years he served as an adult leader in Holliston, and then the Chippanyonk Lodge, Order of the Arrow, Scouting’s national honor society. Healy continued his service with the Boy Scouts of America as President of the former Algonquin Council, now part of the Knox Trail Council.
Healy later went on to volunteer on the regional and national levels of the Boy Scouts of America, serving as both President and Vice President of Area 1 of the Northeast Region. He is currently on the Northeast Region Board of Directors, and is a national Religious Relationship Committee member representing the Unitarian Universalist Scouters’ Organization since 2004. He has also held several positions with the National Boy Scout Jamboree.
The Outstanding Eagle Scout Award is not Healy’s first Scouting recognition. He has earned the Vigil Honor in the Order of the Arrow, District Award of Merit, the Silver Beaver Award, the Unitarian Universalist Religion and Life Religious Award, the James E. West Fellowship Award, and the national Silver Antelope Award.
Healy’s 31 year old son, now a Vice President for the IBM Corporation, achieved the rank of Eagle Scout in 1990.
Healy, a graduate of Michigan Technological University (BS ’67) and Suffolk University Law School (JD ’71), owns and operates the Law Firm of Michael P. Healy & Associates. He is an active member of the American Bar Association (Property and Tax Sections), and served on the Massachusetts Bar Association Board of Delegates from 1993 to 1997.
Notably, Healy was President of the Real Estate Bar Association in 1993. As part of his responsibilities with this organization, Mr. Healy testified before the Massachusetts Legislature on proposed legislation involving real estate law. He has written several professional papers, articles, seminars and course materials. He also co-authored the Massachusetts Land Court Manual of Instructions 2006 (published in August of 2005).
In addition to Scouting, Healy has been active in raising funds for AIDS research for the past 17 years, having lost a fourteen year-old nephew, a former Boy Scout, to the disease.
Michael and his wife, Catherine, live in Holliston. They have three children and seven grandchildren, all under the age of six.
About the Knox Trail Council NESA Committee
The Knox Trail Council NESA Committee is a group of Eagle Scouts, appointed by the Knox Trail Council President, who work in conjunction with the National Eagle Scout Association to serve Eagle Scouts located within the 21 communities of the Knox Trail Council and, through them, the entire Scouting movement.
About the Knox Trail Council
The Knox Trail Council, Boy Scouts of America delivers the Boy Scouting program to youth within 21 communities of the MetroWest area. The Boy Scouting program serves youth from first grade through age 20 in the areas of outdoor skills, personal fitness, leadership, and lifelong ethical values.