Inductees from 1982

  1. Fred Benson (1895-1996)

    Categories: African Americans, Philanthropists, Sports - Baseball

    Fred Benson, 1895-1996, was a popular teacher, baseball coach and successful Block Island business leader. His devotion and philanthropies to Block Island inspired the "Fred Benson Scholarship Fund", designed to give financial aid to college-bound youth. Read more >

  2. Allen Chatterton

    Categories: Government & Politics, Sports - Golf

    The late Allen Chatterton was a former president of the R.I. Golf Association. He founded the R. Read more >

  3. Chris Clark

    Categories: Sports - Other

    Chris Clark was a radio and television sportscaster who began his career in Newport. For twenty years he was the "Voice of the Friars", and then the television "Voice of the Rams". He was selected RI Sportscaster of the Year 12 times. Read more >

  4. Jimmie Crane (1910-1998)

    Categories: Music (Singers, Composers)

    Jimmie Crane, 1920-1988, was a noted songwriter and musician who was born Loreto Domenico Fraieli on Federal Hill in Providnce. He was urged to change his name as his musical group, The Hawaiians, became well-known on the radio. Many of his songs were performed by famous singers and bands. Read more >

  5. John Hackett

    Categories: Education & Universities, Women

    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 >

  6. Merrill Hassenfeld (1918-1979)

    Categories: Industry - General, Medicine & Health Care, Religion & Churches

    Merill Hassenfeld, 1918-1979, was Chief Executive Officer of Hasbro Industries. He was an active leader of the Jewish people and campaign chairman of the United Way of Southern New England.He was president of the Jewish Federation of Rhode Island, a founder of the Jewish Community Center and a director of the Miriam Hospital. Read more >

  7. Angus Hebb

    Categories: Industry - General, Philanthropists

    The late Angus Hebb was the President of American Steele and Aluminum Corp. who achieved an international reputation for his efforts to preserve and propagate rare and endangered waterfowl. He created a 40-acre sanctuary for the R.I. Read more >

  8. Edward Perry (1916-1994)

    Categories: Sports - Golf

    Edward Perry, 1916-1994, was a three-time Public Links Golf Champion who served as Secretary of the Rhode Island Golf Association. He served for 33 years of Rhode island Championship events. He was chiefly responsible for the establishment of the Northeast Amateur Tournament. Read more >

  9. Eleanor Slater (1909-2006)

    Categories: Government & Politics, Women

    Eleanor Slater, 1909-2006, served as both a State Representative and a State Senator. She lead the way to the passage of Rhode Island's Fair Housing Bill. She was appointed director of the Division of Aging, now the State Department of Elderly Affairs. She served as vice-chairman of the Democratic Committee and was a National Committeewoman. Read more >

  10. Walter Stone (1911-)

    Categories: Government & Politics, Sports - Football

    The late Walter Stone was superintendent of Rhode Island State Police. Serving as Chief in Providence, he was one of two men to serve as head of Rhode Island's two largest police forces. He also played football for the Providence Steamrollers, and was a boxer on the police team. Read more >

  11. Albert Tavani

    Categories: Government & Politics, Military

    Albert Tavani was a Director of Division of Airports of the State Department of Transportation. He retired in 1977, after serving as a fighter pilot in World War II and as state aeronautics chief for thirty-one years. He was instrumental in the upgrading of Greene airport into a prime regional terminal and the establishment of satellite fields in Newport, Westerly, Block Island, North-Smithfield-Lincoln, and Quonset Point. Read more >



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