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Robert J. Black

(1928-) ~ Inducted 1995

Robert J. Black of Providence was widely recognized as the State of Rhode Island's greatest distance runner of all-time. He was a two-time National (NCAA) cross-country champion, and was named All-American in several categories as a runner for the then Rhode Island State College, now URI. He is the only person ever to win four consecutive Intercollegiate cross-country titles. He was chosen as the Words Unlimited Rhode Island Athlete of the Year in 1948, and wad inducted into the URI Athletic Hall of Fame in 1972.&nbsp;He worked in social agencies throughout Rhode Island and retired after 29 years from the Department of Corrections as Chief of Classification Services.


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