Inductees from 2016

  1. Dr. Robert D Billington

    Categories: Education & Universities, Explorers & Adventurers, Military
    Growing up, he just wanted to become a drummer. However, a new journey to reclaim a post-industrial valley, reveal its history, clean up its river, and build an understanding of events that changed the course of America was about to unfold. Bob built an organization and organized communities to bring back the Blackstone Valley from years of disinvestment. His mission; to create an epic vision for the Valley, took more than three decades to achieve. Read more >
  2. Richard A.

    Richard A. "Dick" Ernst

    Categories: Sports - Hockey, Sports - Tennis
    Dick Ernst, a Cranston native, has served more backhands and slap shots, than the number of cars that ply route 95 on any given day. His rise to prominence (and dominance) began in his hometown high school tennis courts and hockey rink in the mid-1950's where he became an all-state high school selection in both sports in 1956. Dick eventually starred in both tennis and hockey at Providence College.

    Some collegiate stars walk away from their early careers as the demands of life take over, only playing pickup games as a hobby or a way to stay in shape. Read more >

  3. Charlie Hall

    Charlie Hall

    Categories: Artists & Painters, Literature / Writers / Newspapers, Sports - Golf, TV & Radio
    Charlie, as he prefers to be called, is a versatile comedian, writer, showman, artist, and political activist. In 2012, Charlie was the first person inducted into the newly-established Rhode Island Comedy Hall of Fame. His induction was the culmination of over thirty years of laugh-making through a variety of avenues including stand-up, writing, theater, and art. He is a true Renaissance man, and some say, a Rhode Island icon. Read more >
  4. Ralph Papitto

    Ralph Papitto

    Categories: Business / Entrepreneurs, Education & Universities
    Success is defined as the accomplishment of an aim or a purpose. No one exemplifies success more than Ralph Papitto. Mr. Papitto has earned and enjoyed many successes in his life. Read more >
  5. Dr. Piyush Patel

    Dr. Piyush Patel (1952-)

    Categories: Business / Entrepreneurs
    Piyush Patel has strong Rhode Island roots, dating back more than thirty years when he purchased two hotels in the Town of Narragansett--The Village Inn and Atlantic House.

    Investing in Rhode Island real estate is nothing new for this entrepreneur. He spent millions converting Cranston's Park Theater into a Class A event center, rivaling any of the great theaters in Boston and Manhattan. He has created numerous jobs in Rhode Island as he brings top rated shows, such as “The Kingston Trio,” to the Park Theater. Read more >

  6. James T. Patterson (1935-)

    Categories: Historians/Historical Accounts, Preservation, Literature / Writers / Newspapers
    James T. Patterson is one of the most distinguished historians of modern America. He was born in 1935 and attended the Hotchkiss School in Connecticut, graduating in 1952. Following a year at Christ's Hospital School in England, he attended Williams College where he majored in history, graduating in 1957. Read more >
  7. Patricia R. Recupero, JD, MD

    Patricia R. Recupero, JD, MD

    Categories: Law / Legal Pioneers
    Dr. Patricia Recupero, a resident of Providence, has dedicated her life advocating for the mentally ill. Following her graduation from the State University of New York with a degree in mathematics, she attended Boston College Law School, receiving her degree in 1973. After a few years practicing law and driven by her desire to help people, she enrolled at the Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University. Read more >
  8. Arthur S. Robbins

    Arthur S. Robbins (1932-)

    Categories: Architects & Designers, Econonomics / Theory, Medicine & Health Care
    Arthur Robbins is widely known as a highly creative, intelligent, skillful, and successful hotel developer. He is also recognized by all for his generous, caring, and humanitarian spirit.

    Born in Worcester, Massachusetts in 1932, Arthur grew up and went to school in Woonsocket and then at Wilbraham and Monson Academy. He received a BA in Economics in 1954 from the Wharton School/University of Pennsylvania and served for two years as a lieutenant in the U. Read more >

  9. Michael A, Tamburro

    Michael A, Tamburro (1952-)

    Categories: Sports - Baseball
    Michael A. Tamburro, was born in Worcester, Massachusetts on February 13, 1952, the son of Michael and Josephine Tamburro. Mike pursued a double major (Business and Journalism) at U. Mass Amherst with the goal of becoming a baseball statistician. Read more >
  10. Dr. Betty R. Vohr

    Dr. Betty R. Vohr

    Categories: Literature / Writers / Newspapers, Medicine & Health Care
    Dr. Betty Vohr obtained her bachelor's degree from Adelphi University in 1962 and her medical degree from Albany Medical College in 1966. She then came to Rhode Island in order to pursue her post-graduate training in pediatrics at Rhode Island Hospital. She completed her internship in 1967, her residency in 1968, and her fellowship in Neonatology in 1970. Read more >



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