Lloyd Ritter Community Service Award

The Lloyd Ritter Community Service Award is presented to Burlington County residents who have demonstrated great acts of service and embody the attributes of Lloyd Ritter.

2017 Recipients:

  • Troy Browning

  • Eileen Danilenko

  • Tina Leach


Past Recipients:

  • Rev. Aubrey Fenton

  • David Silver

  • Dick and Doris Alaimo

  • Donna Aromando

  • Edward A. Kelly

  • Edward O'Malley

  • Jean Stanfield

  • Joe Laufer

  • Mary Wells

  • Mildred Gama

  • Regan Young

  • Renee Borstad

  • Robert and Ellen Healey

  • Dr. Robert C. Messina, Jr.

  • Robert Santare, Jr.

  • Vincent Farias

  • Walter Keiss

  • Wilson Bradley

                                                                       Lloyd Ritter (1939-1999)

After growing up on a dairy farm in Center Square, Pennsylvania, Lloyd joined the U.S. Navy.  He worker for Armed Forces Radio, where he was attached to the Naval Security Group with  assignments in public and media relations with the Navy Commander-in-Chief Pacific and Chief of Naval Education and Training.  Lloyd did national security work throughout the world: Japan, Germany, Alaska, Hawaii and Florida.  After retirement, Lloyd remained active with the American Legion and worked on the Veterans Memorial in Bordentown.

Lloyd earned his education while serving in the military.  He received a Masters of Fine Arts in Radio, Television and Film from the University of West Florida in 1974.  He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the University of Hawaii in 1969.  Lloyd also attended the United States Army Motion Picture School, in Ft. Benning, Georgia (1964) and the United States Navy Journalism School, in San Diego, California (1957).  He also read and wrote fluent Russian.  Lloyd considered going on for a Ph.D., but never found the time.

Lloyd produced industrial films for Rockwell International in California and RCA in Cherry Hill.  He was the Director of Development for the New Jersey Arts and adjunct professor of Video Production and English at Rowan University and Mercer County College.  Lloyd also worked as a reporter, feature writer and columnist for the Burlington County Times and was host and producer at WBZC 89.1 FM, Burlington County College.

Lloyd contributed to the non-profit community in a variety of ways.  He produced films for the United Way of New York.  He was the Director of Development for the Children’s Home of New Jersey.  Lloyd was an officer in the Director of Volunteers in Associations) DOVIA of Burlington County and a founding member of the Volunteer Center of Burlington County. He was also a loaned executive for the United Way of Burlington County.

Lloyd was also a dedicated family man.  His wife Paulette, reports he was a sensitive individual.  Daughter Jessica Ritter Otto calls him her teacher and mentor, teaching her to respect herself and others. 

Lloyd’s work was also recognized by his peers.  He received awards from the National Association of College Broadcasters, an INDY Award in Cinematography, International Film and Television Festival, US Industrial Film and Video Festival, an EMMY Nomination in Community Outreach Programming.

“Our colleague and friend Lloyd Ritter was an amazing and complex person.  By unanimous acclaim, the Volunteer Center Board of Directors selected Lloyd Ritter as our inspiration for the Volunteer Center’s Community Service Award".