Community Service Award — Lloyd Tarlin, Jr., Retired 4-Term, Member of the Board of Health

Dr. Lloyd Tarlin
Community Service Award

Pediatricians treat children, infants, and adolescents as they grow and mature. These dedicated professionals meet unique needs.  The practice may be as old as civilization itself. The Greek roots ped means child, Iatri is medical care, and the suffix ician means practitioner.  Combine the roots and the suffix the overall meaning comes as a doctor who specializes in medical care of children. Some centuries later in Wellesley we have our own special pediatrician, Dr. Lloyd D. Tarlin.  Today, The Wellesley Celebrations Committee, a standing committee of the Select Board, Town of Wellesley honors Dr. Tarlin, a Wellesley resident, for over 43 years. We are proud of his selfless service and most certainly deserves to be our Dedicated Community Service Honoree. 

There are many superlatives we can highlight of Dr. Tarlin service. He’s passionate, loyal to the town, knowledgeable and of course supporting. He’s a great reason why Wellesley is a special place. The success of our town should never be judged by the sum of its wealth. Wellesley has been successful because of people like Dr. Tarlin who for the last 58 years offers our kids a healthier life. 

Service has always been calling for Dr. Tarlin. A veteran of the USAF, a Fellowship at Harvard’s Family Health Care Program, and serving those in need at Boston City Hospital. The reality here is simple:  Dr. Tarlin has always been concerned and gives so much of himself. 

In 2009, one of Dr. Tarlin proudest accomplishments was as member of the Wellesley Board of Health. The Townsmen reported, “in a year of swine flu and chaotic free clinics, the Wellesley Health Department “went above and beyond the call of duty…” The town survived this outbreak thanks to the leadership and dedication of many professionals. Dr. Tarlin’s skills, energy and town activism has made Wellesley a better place. 

A Wellesley Resident since 1968, he has served on the Wellesley Board of Health for 12 years. He also served on the Youth Commission. A graduate of Swarthmore College in 1959, Dr. Tarlin, received his MD in 1963 at the Western Reserve School of Medicine.

Today so many Wellesley residents live longer, healthier, and happier lives because of the important work that Dr. Tarlin did every single day. We’re glad to have this opportunity to honor him.

May 18th & 19th, 2024