Inductees in Education & Universities

  1. Dr. Doris M. Hollway Abels

    Inducted in 2000

    The late Dr. Doris M. Holloway Abels, formerly of North Kingstown accomplished educator, performing artist and advocate of the arts founded her own school of dance and helped to establish the Trinity Reperatory Company. The versatile Dr. Read more >

  2. Dr. James P. Adams (1895-1969)

    Inducted in 1966

    Dr. James P. Adams, 1895-1969, educator, college administrator, and civic leader, was born in Michigan, but was on the faculty of Brown University from 1921 to 1944, serving the last twelve years as vice president. He also taught economics and became chairman of that academic department at age thirty-three, setting a Brown record for the head of a major department. Read more >

  3. Rev. Dr. Elisha Benjamin Andrews (1844-1917)

    Inducted in 2010

    Andrews, Elisha Benjamin, 1844-1917

    Although E. Benjamin Andrews had only one eye – the result of a Civil War wound at the Battle of the Crater–some might say he was one of the most visionary presidents of Brown University. During his nine-year tenure as the eighth chief executive of Brown, he moved it from its status of a college to that of a university, drove it in the direction of a research institution, and opened opportunities for women by establishing Pembroke. Any one of these accomplishments would have earned him recognition as a distinguished and accomplished educator, but all of these were mastered while he performed his own scholarship. Read more >

  4. David L. Angell

    David L. Angell (1946-2001)

    Inducted in 2003

    David L. Angell was best known for producing Emmy Award winning shows Cheers," "Wings" and "Frasier."Born on April 10, 1946 in Providence, David Angell was the youngest of three children of Mae Cooney Angell and Henry Angell.  David attended Providence College, where he studied English literature. Read more >

  5. James Burrill Angell

    James Burrill Angell (1829-1916)

    Inducted in 2008

    James Burrill Angell  had a remarkably diverse career-- Brown University graduate, professor of languages, newspaper editor, university president, and diplomat.  He is best known as the longest-serving president of the University of Michigan where he aspired to provide an 'uncommon education for the common man.'

    Born on January 7, 1829, in Scituate, Rhode Island, Angell was the eldest of eight
    children of Amy and Andrew Angell, and a member of an old-line Rhode Island family that traced its lineage to Thomas Angell who came to Providence with Roger Williams.

    Although reared on an outlying farm, Angell had an excellent early education including a
    year at the University Grammar School under the instruction of Henry Frieze, a teacher who would spend many years as professor and interim president of the University of Michigan. Read more >

  6. H. Cushman Anthony (1904-2000)

    Inducted in 1985

    J. Cushman Anthony, 1904-2000, was known as "Mr. Boy Scout" in Rhode Island. He was also known as "Gus", as he dedicated a lifetime to the youth of our community and gave of himself in aiding the elderly. Read more >

  7. M. Therese Antone, RSM, Ed.D.

    Inducted in 2006


    Antone, M. Therese

    Therese Antone was born in Central Falls, the third of seven children raised by Florence Smith Antone and George Antone, a cobbler. After graduation from Cumberland High School, she earned a bachelor’s degree from Salve Regina University, a master’s from Villanova University, and a Doctor of Education degree from Harvard University. She also completed the senior executive program at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Read more >

  8. Dr. Stanley M. Aronson

    Dr. Stanley M. Aronson

    Inducted in 1997

    Dr. Aronson, of Rehoboth, MA, is an internationally acclaimed medical educator and researcher, founding Dean of the Brown University Medical School, co-founder of Hospice Care of Rhode Island and the Interfaith Health Care Ministries, prolific author and editor of the Rhode Island Medical Journal, and a person key to the establishment of diagnostic laboratory test for Tay Sachs Disease and Muscular Dystrophy.


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  9. Joseph Banigan (1839-1898)

    Inducted in 2005

    Joseph Banigan (1839-1898) and his parents were part of a wave of Irish Catholic refugees who fled the Potato Famine in Ireland.  Arriving in Rhode Island in 1847, he attended school for one year before becoming a full-time worker at age nine. Over the next fifty years he employed the "pluck and luck" characteristics of Yankee entrepreneurs to build a local footwear empire before assuming the presidency of the United States Rubber Company in 1893.  

    Banigan was a youthful apprentice in the jewelry industry before tinkering with rubber products. Read more >

  10. Henry Barnard

    Henry Barnard (1811-1900)

    Inducted in 2001

    Henry Barnard (1811-1900) was born in Hartford, Connecticut.  He graduated from Yale in 1830, taught school for a year in Pennsylvania, then returned to Connecticut to study law.  Although he gained admission to the bar in 1834, he never practiced.  After a sojourn in Europe, Barnard was elected as a Whig to the Connecticut legislature and soon adopted the reform of the common school as his great cause. Read more >

  11. Brother Adelard Beaudet (1884-1990)

    Inducted in 1986

    Brother Adelard Beaudet, 1884-1990, was "The father of Schoolboy Hockey in Rhode Island", and became the first coach of the sport at Mt. St. Charles Academy in Woonsocket in 1930. As a teacher and coach, his MSC teams won ten state championships and two national titles in thirty years. Read more >

  12. Rev. Aloysius B. Begley, O.P.

    Inducted in 1974

    Reverend Aloysius B. Begley, O.P. was Providence College Director of Athletics for thirty-one years. Read more >

  13. Norman B. "Bill" Belisle

    Inducted in 1990

    Bill Belisle, of Manville, RI, had a distinguished career as Head Coach of the eminently successful Mt. St. Charles Academy hockey program resulting in 418 victories and 13 consecutive State Championships. His teams have been voted as national schoolboy champions. Read more >

  14. Robert H. "Bob" Bennett (1913-1974)

    Inducted in 1968

    Bob Bennett won a bronze medal in the hammer-throw at the 1948 London Olympics. A native Rhode Islander, and a 1948 graduate of Brown University, Bennett set the Brown track record of 179'8" in the hammer and earned All-American honors. Read more >

  15. Bishop George Berkeley

    Bishop George Berkeley (1685-1753)

    Inducted in 1998

    Bishop George Berkeley,1685-1753, was an Irish-born enlightenment philosopher, Anglican Bishop, philanthropist, and proprietor of Whitehall in Middletown from 1729-1731. After his return to Ireland in 1732, he was soon consecrated Bishop of Cloyne and continued his philosophical writings. His poem "On the Prospect of Planting Arts and Learning in America" is famous for the oracular line "Westward the course of Empire takes its way."

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  16. Maximilian D. Berlitz (1852-1921)

    Inducted in 2007


    Berlitz, M. D. (Maximilian Delhinus), 1852-1921

    Maximilian D. Berlitz was born on April 14, 1852 in the village of Mühringen at the edge of the Black Forest in southwest Germany. Read more >

  17. Sister Mary Bernard, RSM

    Inducted in 1987

    Sister Mary Bernard served the community as a dedicated religious educator and Mercy missionary for over sixty years.  She continued at St. Mary's Academy well into her eighties where she has been a teacher, Principle, and Head of the Guidance Department.  She was also Principle and taught for many years at St. Read more >

  18. Helen A. Bert (1922-2002)

    Inducted in 1996

    Ms. Bert, of North Providence, was a Director of Women’s Athletics at Providence College, and widely recognized for her decades of service promoting athletic opportunities for Women.  Coming to the Rhode Island when the College became co-educational in 1970, she was the first woman to be elected into the Providence College Athletic Hall of Fame in 1984.  She developed a women’s program which included 14 sports during her 19 year tenure as Department Head. Read more >

  19. Thomas Williams Bicknell

    Thomas Williams Bicknell (1834-1925)

    Inducted in 2010



    Bicknell, Thomas Williams, 1834-1925

    Thomas W. Bicknell (1834-1925) of Barrington was one of the two outstanding historians of Rhode Island during the first half of the 20th century (Dr. Charles Carroll was the other). In 1920 he published a three-volume narrative history of the state, supplemented by three biographical volumes. Read more >

  20. Dr. Bruce Macmillan Bigelow (1903-1954)

    Inducted in 1967

    Bruce Bigelow, 1903-1954, was a Brown University Graduate and a historian, who served as Vice President of the University during the administration of President Henry M. Wriston (1937-1955). Described by noted Brown professor of English Robert Kenny as "a gem, a man of personality and charm." In a sense he was Wriston's trouble shooter. Read more >

  21. Dr. Robert D Billington

    Inducted in 2017

    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 >
  22. Robert J. Black (1928-)

    Inducted in 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. Read more >

  23. General John Bruce Blount

    General John Bruce Blount (1928-)

    Inducted in 1984

    General John Bruce Blount was a career U.S. Army Officer who, according to available records, was the only native-born, three-star general in Rhode Island history. Known by his middle name, Bruce, he was raised in Kingston, RI, and was a 1950 graduate of RI State College (now URI), where he excelled in both baseball and basketball, and was ROTC Cadetted Colonel. Read more >

  24. Bradford P. Boss

    Inducted in 1980

    Bradford P. Boss, whose career at A.T. Cross was primarily in sales and marketing, served as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Costa Inc (Formerly Known As A. Read more >

  25. Edwin C. Brown (1910-2010)

    Inducted in 1986

    Edwin Brown, 1910-2010, was one of the foremost proponents of organized labor in the State. He was elected Secretary-Treasurer of the RI AFL, and later was a key negotiator in the merger of the AFL with CIO. He served on the State Board of Education and later the Board of Regents for twenty-eight years, being elected Chairman in 1964. He served a myriad of causes in Rhode Island and received honorary degrees from URI and Bryant, and was honored with the United Way's National Beirne Award in 1981. Read more >

  26. John Nicholas Brown (1900-1979)

    Inducted in 1975

    John Nicholas Brown, 1900-1979, was a former assistant Secretary of the Navy for Air, senior fellow at Brown University and a director of the Smithsonian Institution. He directed the search and recovery of the works of art stolen by the Nazis for which he was decorated by the French and Belgian governments. Read more >

  27. Joseph Brown

    Joseph Brown (1733-1785)

    Inducted in 1999

    Joseph Brown, 1733-1785, was one if the five famous Brown brothers of 18th century Providence. He was a successful entrepreneur, a respected scientist and astronomer, as well as an accomplished architect whose buildings include the First Baptist Church, the Providence Market House, University Hall and the John Brown House.

    Photo of Joseph Brown House by Chet Smolski, Rhode Island College.Read more >

  28. Moses Brown

    Moses Brown (1738-1836)

    Inducted in 1999

    Moses Brown, 1738-1836, the youngest of the five Brown brothers was a Providence civic leader, entrepreneur, sponsor of Samuel Slater, and prominent Quaker abolitionist. Moses Brown was also a founder of the Providence Athaneum and Moses Brown School. Read more >

  29. Nicholas Brown, II

    Nicholas Brown, II (1769-1841)

    Inducted in 2000

    Nicholas Brown II, 1769-1841, Providence businessman and philanthropist, was the son and heir of of Nicholas Brown, one of the five famous Brown brothers of late eighteenth-century Providence. In 1796 he formed the highly successful mercantile-industrial partnership Brown & Ives, which made a fortune in the China trade. When the name of Rhode Island College was changed to Brown University in 1804, the change was made in recognition of the gifts and services rendered to the school by Nicholas and his uncles. Nicholas II served as a member of the Brown Corporation for fifty years, twenty-nine of them as treasurer. Read more >

  30. John Carter Brown (1797-1874)

    Inducted in 2012

    Born in 1797, the youngest of the three surviving children of Nicholas Brown II and Ann Carter, daughter of John Carter, the noted Providence printer, John Carter Brown was raised in a family tradition of public leadership and philanthropy. While at Brown University, he joined an undergraduate society to provide needy students with free books.

    Upon graduation in 1816, John Carter Brown joined the family firm, Brown & Ives. Though lacking his forefathers' enthusiasm for business or politics, he cheerfully undertook his commercial responsibilities, especially after his older brother Nicholas III defiantly left the family firm to settle in New York. Read more >

  31. Carlton C Brownell

    Carlton C Brownell (1917-2013)

    Inducted in 2017

    Most inductees to the Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame are chosen because of their impact upon their state, or even the nation. Some, however, have such a pervasive and beneficial impact on their community or region that their life and work demand induction. Carlton Brownell is such a person. His impact upon Little Compton and “Scunnet” generally, has been enormous. Read more >
  32. Harold W. Browning (1893-1987)

    Inducted in 1977

    Harold W. Browning, 1893-1987, graduated from Rhode Island State College in 1914, and received his doctorate from the University of Wisconsin. He was Director of Graduate Studies, Dean of Men, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Vice President, and Vice President Emeritus of the University at the University of Rhode Island. During his tenure, he played a prominent role in attaining university status for the school. Read more >

  33. Bernard V. Buonanno, Sr. (1909-2010)

    Inducted in 1992

    Bernard V. Buonanno was a graduate of Classical High School, teacher of French and Latin, Counselor, and, in 1936, returned to coach three sports, football, track, and basketball.  He brought Classical championships in football and indoor track.  He was a former member of the State Board of Regents and the Rhode Island Board of Education. Read more >

  34. Joseph E. Buonanno, Sr. (1910-1991)

    Inducted in 1981

    Joseph E. Buonanno, Sr., 1910-1991, was a great Brown quarterback in the 1930's. He became Trustee Emeritus of his University, and Founder of Metro Dyestuff Company. Read more >

  35. Tristam Burges

    Tristam Burges (1770-1853)

    Inducted in 2000

    Tristam Burges, 1770-1853, was chief justice, leading member of the bar, U.S. Congressman (1825-1835), leader of the Whig Party and professor of oratory at Brown University. After a distinguished career in law, politics, and education, Burges retired to his estate “Watchemoket Farm,” then in Seekonk, Massachusetts, but since 1862 within the bounds of East Providence. Read more >

  36. Sydney Richmond Burleigh (1853-1931)

    Inducted in 2011


    Burleigh, Sydney Richmond, 1853-1931

    Sydney Richmond Burleigh, a man with roots in Little Compton, Rhode Island, studied art with Jean-Paul Laurens in Paris for two years from 1878 to 1880.   Upon his return, he became one of the founders and one of the first exhibitors at the newly-formed Providence Art Club. He taught at the Rhode island School of Design and was one of the founders of the Providence Watercolor Club.   He became a champion of the emerging Arts and Crafts Movement. Read more >

  37. Billie Ann Burrill

    Billie Ann Burrill (1921-2010)

    Inducted in 2013

    World-class master’s athlete, coach, sports administrator, and indefatigable worker for the performing arts in Rhode Island, Billie Ann Burrill’s talents have known no bounds. While she was director of the Health and Physical Education Department at Rhode Island College, her drive and enthusiasm enabled the school’s Performing Arts Series to become the finest in the state.

    Burrill was born in Joliet, Illinois on March 11, 1921. She served in the Women’s Army Corps (WAC) during World War II. Read more >

  38. Harry M. Callahan (1912-1999)

    Inducted in 2000

    The late Harry M. Callahan, 1912-1999, formerly of Atlanta, Georgia and Providence, was generally regarded as one of America's greatest photographers and photo essayists of the 20th-century, who was one of the most celebrated educators of his time, teaching for fifteen years at the Rhode Island School of Design, and whose influence on his profession was felt worldwide. Read more >

  39. Ernest A. Calverley

    Inducted in 1967

    Ernest Calverley of Pawtucket was a three-time All-American basketball star at the University of Rhode Island who played under the legendary Coach Frank W. Keaney. The sure-shot Calverley led the Ram's to glory at Madison Square Garden in 1946 when URI lost the championship game by a single point. Calverley, however, won the tournament's MVP Award. Read more >

  40. Dr. Joseph E. Cannon (1911-1989)

    Inducted in 2010

    Joseph Cannon was born in Providence in 1911, the son of General Francis Cannon and Mary (Milligan) Cannon. He attended Technical High School and graduated from Brown University in 1932. He chose a career in medicine, and in 1936 he earned his degree cum laude from Tufts Medical School. Dr. Read more >

  41. Dr. Charles Carroll (1876-1936)

    Inducted in 2009



    Carroll, Charles, 1876-1936

    Dr. Charles Carroll, Rhode Island’s foremost historian of his era, was born in Providence to newspaper printer William Carroll and Mary (Sheehan) Carroll. He was educated in the Providence public schools and at Brown University where he excelled in mathematics, edited the Brown Daily Herald, captained the debate team, and served as secretary of the class of 1898. He furthered his studies at Harvard receiving a law degree from that university in 1901, the same year he was admitted to the Rhode Island bar. Read more >

  42. Alfred A. "Smokey" Cerrone

    Inducted in 1991

    Alfred "Smokey" Cerrone was a highly successful businessman, athlete, musician, innovator, and public-minded citizen who developed one of the world's largest automobile agencies. He was instrumental in numerous charitable fund-raising ventures including with the Lincoln-Cumberland Boys Club and St. Joseph's Pine Harbor School for children with special needs. He has given his personal support to hundreds of disadvantaged boys and girls through recreational and educational grants. Read more >

  43. Dr. Aram V. Chobanian (1929-)

    Inducted in 1992

    Dr. Aram V. Chobanianwas a Pawtucket born graduate of Brown University and Harvard Medical School. He was responsible for establishing and directing Boston University's world renowned Cardiovascular Center. Read more >

  44. Louis A. Cimini (1920-2010)

    Inducted in 2000

    Louis A. Cimini, a former resident of North Providence, legendary La Salle Academy coach and teacher, he also served as a football and baseball official as well as the Director of Recreation for North Providence. Cimini was an outstanding athlete in his own right and was inducted into six Halls of Fame and received a Presidential Citation and National Recreation Award for exemplary service to youth. Read more >

  45. Dr. John Bates Clark

    Dr. John Bates Clark (1847-1938)

    Inducted in 2013



    Clark, John Bates, 1847-1938

    John Bates Clark was born in Providence on January 26, 1847, the son of merchant John H. Clark and Charlotte Huntington. In his early youth, his family moved to Minneapolis where his father engaged in the business of selling farm machinery. Clark came east in the early 1860s to attend Providence High School and Brown University, but after a return to Minnesota to manage his ailing father’s business, he concluded his American studies at Amherst College. Read more >

  46. John Collier (1907-1984)

    Inducted in 1968

    John Collier, 1907-1984, was a bronze medalist in the 110-meter high-hurdles in the 1928 Amsterdam Games. He was a Providence resident and the son of noted Brown University historian Theodore Collier. This Phi Beta Kappa student was the long-time Brown University record holder in the hurdles events, and the national collegiate champion in the high hurdles. In 1934, Collier ran the sixty-yard high-hurdles in 7. Read more >
  47. Dr. Joseph Conte

    Inducted in 1986

    Dr. Joseph Conte was a renowned music director who had a long and eventful career as a concertmaster, conductor, bandmaster, violinist, and teacher. He was concertmaster of the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra for twenty-one years. Conte was the founder and conducted The Young People's Symphony of Rhode Island for sixteen years. Read more >

  48. Arlan R. Coolidge (1902-1993)

    Inducted in 1988

    Mr. Arlan Coolidge, a Providence resident, was an internationally renowned violinist and a graduate of Brown University. He and served as Chairman of Brown's Department of Music for thirty-one years, served as Executive Director of the Arts Rhode Island, and as Chairman of several Governor's Commissions on fine arts. He was also involved with the National Council of Arts in Education. Read more >
  49. Dr. Leon Cooper

    Dr. Leon Cooper (1930-)

    Inducted in 1974

    Dr. Leon Cooper, a physicist at Brown University, won the Nobel Prize for physics in 1972, with two other U.S. scientists. Read more >

  50. Diane L. Coutu (1953-)

    Inducted in 1980

    Diane Coutu, a native of West Warwick, was named a Rhode Scholar at Oxford after graduating with honors at Yale University. She was the winner of the Rotary International Fellowship, an Oxford University Graduate, and interned as Yale's Griswold Scholar. At the age of 27, she was appointed to the Rand Corporation in California, where she worked until 1997. Read more >

  51. Prudence Crandall

    Prudence Crandall (1803-1890)

    Inducted in 2001

    Prudence Crandall  was born in Hopkinton, Rhode Island, the daughter of Pardon Crandall, a Quaker farmer and Esther Carpenter, both of whom were descended from prominent old-line South County families.  When Prudence was ten she moved to a farm in nearby Canterbury, Connecticut, but returned to Rhode Island from 1825 to 1830 as a student at the New England Friends’ Boarding School (Moses Brown) in Providence.  She therefore, was both Rhode Island born and educated.

    In 1831, some leading citizens of Canterbury hired Crandall to organize a school for girls. Read more >

  52. Vincent E. Cullen

    Inducted in 1994

    Vincent E. Cullen, a native of Cranston, became a highly successful Director of Athletics and basketball coach for 29 years at Community College of Rhode Island and organizer of school's first basketball team. Vin Cullen served as its' first and only top athletic administrator whose teams won more than 500 games, a record for collegiate coached in our state. By the time of his retirement, he was the all-time winningest college basketball coach in New England. Read more >

  53. Helen Metcalf Danforth

    Helen Metcalf Danforth (1887-1984)

    Inducted in 1998

    The late Helen Metcalf Danforth, 1887-1984, formerly of Providence, served as President of the Corporation of the Rhode Island School of Design from 1931-1947. She also served as a member of the RISD education committee until 1965, when she was elected Chairman Emeratia. During her term of office she is credited with guiding RISD from a diploma-granting vocational school to a degree-granting accredited college, overseeing significant physical expansion, and for guiding the prestigious RISD Museum of Art to national prominence. Read more >

  54. William M. Davies, Jr.

    William M. Davies, Jr.

    Inducted in 2004

  55. Cardinal John Dearden (1907-1988)

    Inducted in 1980

    Cardinal John Dearden, 1907-1988, became Archbishop of Detroit, Michigan, ministering  a flock of 1,200,000 Catholics. Born John Dearden in Valley Falls, he began his education at The Holy Trinity School in Central Falls. Ordained a priest in Rome by Cardinal Francesco Marchetti Selvaggiani in 1932, he served as Bishop of Pittsburgh, and has authored national educational programs devoted to principles of justice. Read more >

  56. Dr. Eric Denoff (1913-1982)

    Inducted in 1994

    The late Dr. Eric Denhoff, 1913-1982, a native of Providence and co-founder of the famed Meeting Street School for children with disabilities and developmental delays. He volunteered his services as Meeting Street's medical director for 35 years, until his death in 1982.He was internationally recognized as a pioneer in the early detection of and treatment for children with cerebral palsy and other disabilities, as a practicing pediatric neurologist, scientist, author, and teacher whose memory is honored with the Annual Eric Denhoff Memorial Symposium on Child Development, established at Rhode Island Hospital. Read more >

  57. Reverend John Byron Diman (1863-1949)

    Inducted in 2009


    Diman, John Byron, 1863-1949


    Reverend John Byron Diman was born in Brookline, Massachusetts to a prominent Rhode Island family of French-Huguenot origin, a branch of which settled in Bristol. The family's surname has been spelled in several ways including “Diamont ” and “Diamond.”   John's grandfather Byron was the Law and Order governor of Rhode Island in 1846-47; another relative, Francis M. Diamond served as governor in 1853-54 as a Democrat. Read more >
  58. Alexander DiMartino (1907-2001)

    Inducted in 1979

    Alexander Dimartino, 1907-2001, served as Chairman of the Rhode Island Water Resources Board and President of the Narragansett Preservation and Improvement Association. He was responsible for the construction of many bridges over Route 95 and for the Washington Bridge. He actively engaged in Brown University alumni activities for many years, and was a native of Toulon, France. Read more >

  59. Rev. Vincent C. Dore (1900-)

    Inducted in 1971

    The Very Reverend Vincent C. Dore, O.P. was a Dominican educator who served at Providence College as Athletic Director, Treasurer, Dean of Studies, Dean of Faculty, President, and Chancellor. Read more >

  60. George T. Downing

    George T. Downing (1819-1903)

    Inducted in 2003

    George T. Downing, abolitionist, businessman, and civil rights advocate, was born in New York City on December 30, 1819 into a prominent, well-to-do African-American family. His father Thomas Downing was a restauranteur, whose Oyster House was a gathering place for New York's aristocracy and politicians. Under his father's guidance, young George participated in the Underground Railroad and lobbied to gain equal suffrage for blacks. Read more >

  61. Sarah Elizabeth Doyle

    Sarah Elizabeth Doyle (1830-1922)

    Inducted in 2005


    Doyle, Sarah Elizabeth, 1830-1922

    Sarah Elizabeth Doyle (1830-1922) was a  lifelong resident of Rhode Island who participated in the social reform ferment that engulfed the state during the Gilded Age. Despite the conservative political nature of local thinking, she successfully pioneered educational opportunities for women at the highest level.

    She entered Providence High School during its initial enrollment in 1843 and would later teach there from 1856 to 1892. During that time she helped nurture other women in the field of education while searching for institutional ways to solidify academic gains. Read more >

  62. Daniel E. Doyle (1949-)

    Inducted in 2006


    Doyle, Daniel E., 1949-

    Daniel Doyle is a graduate of Bates College, where he was co-captain of the varsity basketball team, and of the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy at Tufts University. Dan holds two honorary doctoral degrees – one from Bridgewater State College in Massachusetts and the second from the University of Rhode Island. He is also a member of the Bates College Board of Trustees. Read more >

  63. Edwin F. "Frosty" Drew (1948-1976)

    Inducted in 1990

    Frosty Drew attended Moses Brown School, and as a Brown University graduate, began his career as a writer. He soon became actively involved in major efforts to preserve and protect the natural environmental heritage of RI. He particularly worked to sustain Ninigret Park in Charlestown, where the Frosty Drew Nature Center is located, and was instrumental in preventing the construction of a nuclear power plant in the town. He is a former Chairman of the Rhode Island Commission on Energy. Read more >

  64. Dr.Solomon Drowne

    Dr.Solomon Drowne (1753-1834)

    Inducted in 2000

    Dr. Solomon Drowne, 1753-1834, a noted physician, graduated from Brown in 1773 with Senator Theodore Foster (1752-1828). He returned to Rhode Island from his far-flung travels in 1801 to settle in Foster. His estate, called Mount Hygeia, after the Greek goddess of health, became the setting for many botanical experiments and the formulation of several natural herbal remedies of note. Read more >

  65. Thomas E. Eccleston (1910-2001)

    Inducted in 1988

    Thomas Eccleston was a famed Rhode Island educational administrator, teacher, and coach, whose Burrillville teams won several state titles in baseball, football, and hockey.  He continued on as a hockey coach, becoming what was believed to be the oldest high school coach in the United States. A former Principal and Superintendent in Burrillville, he was also a successful coach at Providence College. Read more >
  66. Fritz Eichenberg (1901-1990)

    Inducted in 1987

    Fritz Eichenberg was an internationally recognized graphic artist, illustrator, and author whose achievements are documented in the Library of Congress. He held several honorary degrees, including one from URI, where he served as professor and Chair of the Art Department. He became a well-known author, with texts that became standard for the field. He was also a member of several prestigious design and art academies and societies, among them the National Academy of Design, which honored him with the F. Read more >
  67. Charles A. "Rip" Engle (1906-1983)

    Inducted in 1974

    Charles A. "Rip" Engle was Head Football Coach at both Brown University and Penn. State.  In sixteen years with the Nittany Lions, he never had a losing season. Read more >

  68. Dr. William H.P. Faunce (1859-1930)

    Inducted in 1968

    Dr. William H. P. Faunce, 1859-1930, was most notable for being president of Brown University from 1899 to 1929. Read more >

  69. William F. Flanagan

    Inducted in 1981

    The late William F. Flanagan was dean of the Graduate School of Rhode Island College when he was selected to establish the state's Junior College system in 1964. He then served as President for fourteen years, before becoming Executive Director of the R.I. Read more >

  70. Dr. Ernest S. Frerichs

    Inducted in 2008

    Ernest S. Frerichs is a man of three careers and a graduate of three New England universities: Brown, Harvard, and Boston. Born in Staten Island and educated in the public schools of New York City, Dr. Frerichs served with the U. Read more >

  71. Fred Friendly

    Fred Friendly (1915-1998)

    Inducted in 1968

    Friend Friendly, 1915-1998, was a radio pioneer and executive, and a prime mover in the early development of Providence radio station WEAN. He became a professor of Journalism at Columbia University and broadcast advisor to the Ford Foundation.

    The broadcast newsroom at Columbia University's School of Journalism is named for Friendly, as is a professorship at the school. In 2005, actor George Clooney portrayed Friendly in the film Good Night, and Good Luck. Read more >

  72. Ivan Fuqua (1909-1994)

    Inducted in 1968

    Ivan Fuqua, 1909-1994, a football and track star at Indiana University, won a gold medal at the 1932 Olympics in Los Angeles, as part of the world record-setting 4x400-meter relay. In 1946 he came to Rhode Island to coach track at Brown University from 1947-1973 where guided the outdoor track team to five New England cross-country titles and three regional crowns. Read more >

  73. Morris J.W. Gaebe

    Inducted in 1980

    Mr. Morris J.W. Gaebe is a trustee emeritus, chancellor emeritus at Johnson & Wales University. Read more >

  74. Norma Ann (Bergquist) Garnett, Ed.D. (1930-)

    Inducted in 2005


    Garnett, Norma Ann, 1930-

    Norma Ann (Bergquist) Garnett, Doctor Education, an innovative educator, has been a luminary in foreign language education since 1964. Dr. Garnett has instructed thousands of students and mentored hundreds of teachers, while receiving many prestigious local and national honors. She received one of Rhode Island’s first Milken Educator Awards. Read more >

  75. Gov. J. Joseph Garrahy (1930-2012)

    Inducted in 1989

    Governor J. Joseph Garrahy, 1930-2012, was a native of Narragansett, who served four terms as Governor of the state following a distinguished career in public service which began in 1962. One of Rhode Island's most popular leaders, Governor Garrahy returned to the private sector in 1985, serving as a highly successful business executive and well known visiting professor at Rhode Island College. Read more >
  76. Robert Gaudreau (1944-)

    Inducted in 1968

    Robert Gaudreau, a member of the U.S. Hockey Team at the 1968 Olympics at Grenoble, France and a local schoolboy stand-out at Hope High School in Providence, where he made All-State. Later at Brown, he was selected twice to the All-American Hockey Team as a defenseman. Read more >

  77. David Gavitt (1937-2011)

    Inducted in 1979

    David Gavitt, 1937-2001, a native of Westerly, was the successful coach of the Providence College basketball team, which brought fame to Rhode Island, for ten years. He was named coach of the basketball team that represented the Unites States in the 1980 Olympic Games. Read more >

  78. Nancy Gewirtz, Ph.D.

    Inducted in 2006

    When Nancy Gewirtz died in 2004 after her courageous and graceful battle with cancer, she was widely and appropriately known by a title the Fund for Community Progress had aptly bestowed upon her in 1997--“A Voice for the Voiceless.” Indeed, Dr. Gewirtz's entire life was marked by her tireless efforts on behalf of the poor, the exploited, the defenseless, and the marginalized.

    Ever since she completed her graduate studies, which included a doctorate in Political Science from the University of Connecticut and a Master of Social Work from the State University of New York at Buffalo, Dr. Read more >

  79. Katharine Gibbs (1863-1934)

    Inducted in 1983

    Katharine Gibbs, 1863-1934, was the founder of the famed schools of business which bears her name. A resident of Edgewood area of Providence, she revolutionized stenography in 1911 with tenacity and vision that brought her to the forefront of American education. Today, thousands of Katherine Gibbs graduates, representing generations of Americans, owe their success to her foresight and imagination. The first of seven schools was originally opened in Providence. Read more >

  80. Thomas Gilbane (1911-1981)

    Inducted in 1977

    Thomas Gilbane, 1911-1981, was a third generation Gilbane of Gilbane construction and President of Gilbane Construction Company. Thomas and his brother Bill built the company from a local firm to one of the top ten in the nation.

    Thomas Gilbane was also a former star athlete at Brown University, prominent in Boy Scouts circles and active in United Fund drives, Heart Fund and other community projects. Read more >

  81. William Gilbane (1909-1996)

    Inducted in 1977

    William Gilbane, 1909-1996, was Vice-President of Gilbane Construction, one of the largest firms in the country. He was known for being the Captain of Brown University's great 1932 football team, and was named "Big Brother of the Year" in 1956. William was General Chairman of the United Fund, and active in Boy Scouts and other civic endeavors. Read more >

  82. Vartan Gregorian (1934-)

    Inducted in

    The President Takes the Bus

    During his nine-year tenure as president of Brown University, from 1989 to 1997, on many occasions when Vartan Gregorian needed to get to Boston's Logan airport, he took the bus. Gregorian was making a point. Brown's faculty members and students traveled by bus, so he should, too.

    “I took the job at Brown as a mission because it was struggling financially,” he says. Read more >

  83. John Hackett

    Inducted in 1982

    The late John Hackett was a former Dean of the University of Rhode Island Extension Division. Under his leadership, the division grew to be one of the largest university extension divisions in the nation, offering college credit courses and degrees. He was responsible for instituting the URI Continuing Education of Women(CEW)Program. Read more >

  84. Dr. Milton W. Hamolsky (1921-2014)

    Inducted in 1996


    Hamolsky, Milton W., 1921-2014

    Dr. Hamolsky of Providence was the first full time Physician-In-Chief of Medicine at Rhode Island Hospital and a Professor of Medical Science at Brown University where he helped develop the Brown University Medical School. He was the first Chief Administrative Officer of the Board of Medical Licensure & Discipline for the State of Rhode Island. Read more >

  85. Joseph P. Hassett

    Joseph P. Hassett

    Inducted in 1997

    Mr. Hassett, of East Greenwich, was one of Rhode Island's all-time basketball greats, two-time all-stater, schoolboy All-American, and most valuable player for LaSalle Academy. He later starred for Providence College, becoming the third highest scorer in Friars history. He was twice-named All-New England and as an All-American, played for the NBA's World Champion Seattle Supersonics. Read more >

  86. John Milton Hay

    John Milton Hay (1838-1905)

    Inducted in 2008


    Hay, John, 1838-1905

    John Milton Hay was an Illinois native with deep Rhode Island roots that prompted him to select Brown as his college. Providence was the early home of his mother, Helen Leonard, whose father, Rev. David Leonard was in the Brown Class of 1792. At Brown, Hay was described as having “a retentive memory, a vivid imagination, and an ability to get along with the ladies. Read more >

  87. Vice Admiral John T. Hayward

    Vice Admiral John T. Hayward (1908-1999)

    Inducted in 1996

    Margaret McKenna was born in Providence, Rhode Island in 1945 to parents who were lifelong teachers and administrators in the Central Falls public school system. Her father was in the first graduating class at Providence College, and her mother was a graduate of Rhode Island College. Margaret attended Holy Trinity Elementary School in Central Falls and Sacred Heart High School in Pawtucket.  She then received degrees from Emmanuel College and Southern Methodist University School of Law. Read more >

  88. Frederick M. McKinnon (1921-1990)

    Inducted in 1993

    The late Frederick M. McKinnon, a native of Pawtucket, was considered the father of youth soccer in Rhode Island. He was an elementary school teacher in the Pawtucket School System for thirty years, and Acting Director and Supervisor of the Pawtucket Recreation Department for 34 years. He is widely recognized for his contributions to youth and recreational activities in our state, and an accomplished musician and singer who performed as both an amateur and professional. Read more >

  89. John McLaughlin

    Inducted in 1984

    John McLaughlin has been widely recognized for his civic service and contributions to many causes, including disadvantaged youth, and assisting underprivileged children. He was named R.I. "Big Brother of the Year" in 1982 and a recipient of the R. Read more >

  90. De Ormand "Tuss" McLaughry (1893-1974)

    Inducted in 1971

    Tuss McLaughry, 1893-1974, was the famed coach of Brown University's "Iron Man" team of 1926. "Tuss" coached at Amherst for thirty-five years, then at Brown, and Dartmouth. He was President of the American Football Coaches Association, and the long-time Secretary of that organization. The Tuss McLaughry Award is given to a distinguished American (or Americans) for the highest distinction in service to others. Read more >

  91. Dr. Eleanor M. McMahon (1929-2002)

    Inducted in 1986

    Dr. Eleanor McMahon, 1929-2002, was the Rhode Island Commissioner of Higher Education and former Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Rhode Island College. A Brown University Alumni Trustee, she has been the recipient of five honorary doctoral degrees and is the author of twenty treatises on education. Beginning her distinguished career as a classroom teacher in Pawtucket, she devoted her life to education. Read more >

  92. Alexander Meiklejohn

    Alexander Meiklejohn (1872-1964)

    Inducted in 2015

    Alexander Meiklejohn, 1872-1964, Alexander Meiklejohn was a most unusual man, a dissenter in the mode of Roger Williams! He came to Rhode Island in 1880, when he was eight years old, the youngest son of a Scottish working class family. After a brief stay in Warwick, Alexander moved with his family to Pawtucket where he grew to manhood. He said of himself that he was brought up on the bible and “Bobbie” Burns, with an emphasis on the latter! His formal education came at Brown University where he studied, and later taught philosophy. A loyal alum he came back often to Brown from the various pursuits of his long life. Read more >

  93. Helen Adelia Rowe Metcalf (1830-1895)

    Inducted in 1996

    Metcalf, Helen Adelia Rowe, -- -1895.

    Ms. Rowe Metcalf, formerly of Providence, was leader in the drive to establish the Rhode Island School of Design and devoted most of her time from 1878 to her death in 1895 to directing the School. Her influence and administrative skills enabled RISD to be founded with the goals of training artisans, teaching students the principles of art, and promoting appreciation of art, allowing it to become recognized as one of the most prestigious fine arts schools in the country. Read more >

  94. William Dewitt Metz, Dr

    William Dewitt Metz, Dr (1914-2013)

    Inducted in 2016

    William DeWitt Metz was born in Buffalo, New York on June 13, 1914 to William J. and Minerva (Lamphear) Metz and was raised in the village of Perry, New York, about 50 miles east of Buffalo. Metz prepared for college at Dexter High School in Maine and graduated from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine in 1937. He subsequently earned his Ph. Read more >
  95. Dr. Albert L. Midgely

    Inducted in 1970

    Dr. Albert Midgely was a pioneer in dental education. A prominent oral surgeon, he became a Founder, Secretary, and President of the American College of Dentistry. After serving on the Rhode Island Board of Dental Examiners for thirty-five years. Read more >

  96. Dr. D. Scott Molloy, Jr.

    Inducted in 2009

    Scott was born on August 17, 1946 into an Irish-Catholic, blue-collar family from the Reservoir Triangle neighborhood of Providence that had close ties to organized labor. His working-class background and his Irish ethnicity exerted profound influences upon his career and his achievements. Scott eventually became a labor leader and Rhode Island's foremost labor historian as well as a leading authority on Rhode Island's Irish-American community. Encouraged by his parents, he put his nose to the educational grindstone graduating from Hope High School, Rhode Island College (A. Read more >
  97. John E. Moran (1913-1997)

    Inducted in 1986

    John E. Moran, 1913-1997, served as President and Co-founder of McLaughin & Moran Distributors, which was a recognized leader in its' field for over fifty years. An outstanding all-state athlete out of LaSalle Academy, he starred for Manhattan College in football and baseball. For the next fifty years, with time out for U. Read more >

  98. Alfred V Morro (1920-2005)

    Inducted in 2016

    Without exaggeration one can safely state that Al Morro, teacher, coach, and athletic director at Classical High School, gained more fame and recognition than any other faculty member at that nationally-renowned educational institution — and that fame is well-deserved. Born in New York in 1920, a son of Carmelo and Anna (Morgera) Morro, Al came to Providence where he attended Central High School and set the state high school record in the discus throw. His prowess in the field events and in football earned him a scholarship to Boston College where he starred on the 1942 Eagles team that was edged by Alabama in the 1943 Orange Bowl. While at Boston College he qualified in the discus for the 1940 U. Read more >
  99. Dr. William Augustus Mowry

    Dr. William Augustus Mowry (1829-1917)

    Inducted in 2010


    Mowry, William A. (William Augustus), 1829-1917

    Dr. William Augustus Mowry ranks among Rhode Island’s foremost educators. Besides writing a score of books (especially texts on history and civics), Mowry founded a highly-regarded private high school in Providence, pioneered in the establishment of teachers’ institutes, and served as superintendent of schools in Cranston and in Salem, Massachusetts. Read more >

  100. Joseph Mullaney (1925-2000)

    Inducted in 1970

    Joseph Mullaney, 1925-2000, was both a Providence College basketball coach and the coach of the Los Angeles Lakers in the National Basketball Association. Mullaney is credited with bringing national recognition to Rhode Island through the success of his Providence College Friars. Read more >

  101. Dr. Mary C. Mulvey

    Inducted in 1993

    Dr. Mary C. Mulvey, a nationally recognized expert in the problems of the elderly and concerns of gerontology who now makes Rhode Island her home, has been a pioneer advocate for older adults and successful in enacting legislation to establish a State Agency on Aging. She served as its' administrator until returning to the Providence School Department, and later became the City's Supervisor on Adult Education, after being named to the Federal Council on Aging. Read more >

  102. Florence Kerins Murray (1916-2004)

    Inducted in 1980

    Florence Kerins Murray, 1916-2004,was a high-ranking officer in the Women's Army Corps, Rhode Island's first female state senator (and was reelected four times), female judge and member of the Rhode Island Supreme Court. Read more >

  103. Dr. John Nazarian (1932-)

    Inducted in 2003

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