Inductees from 1978

  1. Antoinette F. Downing (1904-2001)

    Categories: Historians/Historical Accounts, Preservation, Women

    Antoinette F. Downing, 1904-2001, was the preservationist who was Chairwoman of the Rhode Island Historical Preservation Commission and the Providence Historic District Commission. Her tireless efforts on behalf of the buildings of Rhode Island have made her name synonymous with historic preservation in the state. Read more >

  2. Thomas Eadie

    Thomas Eadie (1887-1974)

    Categories: Military

    Thomas Eadie, 1887-1974, of Newport, was a Navy diver who was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his heroism in rescue attempts of two sunken submarines in the 1920's, the S-4 off Provincetown, MA, and the S-51 off Block Island, RI. Read more >

  3. William H. Edwards (1898-1976)

    Categories: Civic Leaders, Law / Legal Pioneers

    William H. Edwards, 1898-1976, was head of Edwards and Angell, the prestigious Providence law firm. He was active in numerous civic groups, and focused his energy especially on the needs of minority groups and the elderly. Read more >

  4. Harry Kizirian (1925-2002)

    Categories: Industry - General, Military

    Harry Kizirian, 1925 – 2002, was the postmaster who oversaw construction of the first automated post office in the nation, which opened in Providence in 1960. Kizirian also won the Navy Cross, the Bronze Star with Combat V, two Purple Hearts, and the Rhode Island Cross as a Marine Corps Corporal in World War II. Read more >

  5. Frances G. Knight (1905-1999)

    Categories: Government & Politics, Women

    Frances Knight, 1905-1999, was a Newport native who was Director of Passport Service. An independent who ran her own show through many presidential administrations, Frances transformed an inefficient federal agency into a model of efficiency. Read more >

  6. Dr. William T. Osmanski (1915-1996)

    Categories: Medicine & Health Care, Sports - Football

    Dr. William T. Osmanski, 1915-1996, a Providence native, was a football star. A fullback, he was All-American at Holy Cross College and an All-Pro with the Chicago Bears, where he lead the National Football League in yardage in 1939. Read more >

  7. Princess Red Wing (1896-1987)

    Categories: Native Americans, Women

    Princess Red Wing, 1896-1987, was a Narragansett and Wampanoag Native American. She was the founder and curator of the Tomquag Native Memorial Museum at Arcadia Village in Exeter. She represented her tribe in a presentation to the United Nations. Read more >

  8. William H. Sullivan (1922-2013)

    Categories: Government & Politics

    William H. Sullivan, 1922-2013, a Cranston native, became a United States Ambassador to Iran. Formerly Ambassador to Laos, he has been considered one of the State Department's top experts on far Eastern affairs. Read more >

  9. James N. Williams (1909-)

    Categories: African Americans, Civic Leaders, Civil Rights / Abolitionists

    James N. Williams was the first and long-time Executive Director of the Urban League of Rhode Island and participated in the triumphs in the battle for racial equality in this nation. He also was active in many civic endeavors and served as a member of the state Advisory Council on Aging and other organizations which assist elderly residents. Read more >



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