The AUSTEN D. WARBURTON PIONEER AWARD is given by the Board of Directors from time to time to someone who has exemplified outstanding service to both the Pioneers and the community
The Pioneer Award, which was the award’s original designation, was established in 1987. Though Austen Warburton, longtime Pioneer member, past president and prominent attorney in San Jose was proposed as the first recipient of the award, he graciously declined and then nominated San Jose Historian, Clyde Arbuckle, as the first recipient. Austen later received the second such honor.
In 1995, the award was renamed the Austen D. Warburton Pioneer Award to honor Austen, who consistently set the standard for service to the community and for service to the Pioneers.