Dr. Nicholas Muller praised for dedicated community service –

ESSEX, NY — The Essex Community Funds (ECF) to Adirondack Foundation announces today that Dr. H. Nicholas Muller III will receive the 2022 Francisca Irwin Award for Community Service. The name of award pays tribute to Francisca “Frisky” Paine Irwin, who was the fundsand acknowledges the precedent she has set for prolonged selfless service for the benefit of Essex.

Muller, Irwin’s fourth community service recipient Award since its inception in 2019, is recognized for decades of service to its community. As a member of awardhe will lead a $1,000 to agree of the Essex community Funds at High Peaks Hospice and Palliative Care. Her name will also be added to a plaque hanging at the Essex Town Office listing past recipients Donna Sonnett, Sally Johnson and Ron Jackson.

“Dr. Muller, who we all know better as Nick, has been instrumental in the creation and success of ECF for many years,” said Norma Goff, current president of Essex Community. Funds. “He is now retired, and it is a pleasure to see him recognized for all his efforts and to have his name added to the special plaque.”

In addition to a career in academia that included associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and a tenured professor of history at the University of Vermont, Muller served as president and CEO of the Frank Lloyd Wright. Foundation (Scottsdale, AZ and Spring Green, WI), director of the Wisconsin Historical Society and director of Standex International Corp. He has published numerous books, columns and scientific articles, has been recognized as a recipient of the Henry Knox Award in 2018 by the Fort Ticonderoga Association and the “Heavy Lifting” award in 2015 by Adirondack Foundationand served on the Elizabethtown Community Hospital Board of Trustees, among many other boards.

When he moved to Essex in 2002 with his wife Carol, he brought his vast experience and skills to bear in his new community. He took a leadership role in establishing and developing the community of Essex Funds to become a permanent charitable resource for the benefit of the people of Essex. The Essex Community Funds provides grants to eligible non-profit organizations in the City of Essex and others that serve the residents of Essex in support of community beautification, historic preservation, culture and the arts, education, recreation and programs for youth, seniors and other social services. Through Muller’s leadership, the Essex community Funds also helps administer the Allen Scholarship and Education Program at Adirondack Foundationwho price scholarships to college or trade-related high school graduates who reside in Essex or Willsboro.

The Essex Community Funds has since reward 165 grants that collectively total $274,000, and is currently accepting applications for this year’s competition to agree cycle. Past to agree recipients include Champlain Area Trails, Essex Fire and Rescue, Belden Noble and Paine Memorial Libraries, Adirondack Art Association, Essex Farm Institute, Whallonsburg Grange and many more.

“I deeply appreciate my previous and long association with the community of Essex Funds and Adirondack Foundation, and with the town of Essex and everything in it,” said Dr Muller. “It is with humble gratitude that I accept this very special awardand present a check to Essex County High Peaks Hospice to support them in the positive work they do to help so many people, including me.

Learn more about the Essex Community Funds and Adirondack Foundationvisit adirondackfoundation.org.

Top photo: Nicholas Muller receives the 2022 Francisca Irwin Award for Community Service. Photo provided by the Adirondack Foundation.

Jill E. Washington