Inductees from 1984

  1. George Bancroft

    George Bancroft (1800-1891)

    Categories: Military

    George Bancroft, 1800-1891, was an American historian and Statesman who became a citizen of Newport with his home the famed "Rosecliff" mansion, named after the American Beauty Rose that he and a colleague developed. Over forty years, he wrote nine volumes of The History of the United States, and was credited with the existence of the U.S. Naval Academy during his terms Secretary of the Navy. Read more >

  2. Lionel Benjamin

    Categories: Government & Politics

    Lionel Benjamin was second in command of the RI State Police as Major and Executive Officer. Enlisted in 1958, he moved to the detective division in 1965 and four years later, transferred to intelligence, where he was a member of N.E. State Police Crime Intelligence System as a senior officer. Read more >

  3. General John Bruce Blount

    General John Bruce Blount (1928-)

    Categories: Education & Universities, Military

    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 >

  4. Frederick Grinnell

    Frederick Grinnell (1836-1905)

    Categories: Industry - General, Inventors & Inventions

    Frederick Grinnell was an industrialist and president of the firm that bears his name. As President of the Providence Steam and Gas Pipe Company that later became the Grinnell Corporation, he patented the automatic sprinkler and emerged as the acknowledged world leader in automatic fire protection. He was instrumental in organizing the National Fire Protection Association, and subsequently formed the General Fire Extinguisher Company. Read more >

  5. Pearce Johnson

    Categories: Music (Singers, Composers), Sports - Football

    The late Pearce Johnson was one of Rhode Island's most proficient organizers who became a top executive in USO, producing and directing 125 USO shows as supervisor and President of Providence-Narragansett Bay USO, and a member of the USO National Council. He was awarded by the USO for thirty-five years of distinguished service. He also managed the famed Warren Indian Band, and later, the Providence Steamroller Football Team, where he was traveling Secretary and later sole owner. He became a sportswriter and publisher, and went on to serve Ballou, Johnson, and Nichols for thirty-seven years. Read more >

  6. Harry McKenna (1916-1995)

    Categories: Civic Leaders, Literature / Writers / Newspapers, TV & Radio

    Harry McKenna, 1916-1995, was News and Public Affairs Director of WEAN radio, and as "Dean" of R.I. news correspondents he had a distinguished thirty-nine year carer as a broadcast journalist. Over nearly four decades he became a news reporting legend in Rhode island, initiating the popular, award-winning, "Radio Press Conference," which ran continuously for thirty-six years, featuring top-name interviews. Read more >

  7. John McLaughlin

    Categories: Civic Leaders, Education & Universities, Philanthropists, Sports - Football, Sports - Hockey

    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 >

  8. Bernard Mondor (1925-2010)

    Categories: Civic Leaders, Military, Philanthropists, Sports - Baseball

    Bernard Mondor, 1925-2010, was a Canadian-born business man who became one of R.I.'s most outstanding sports promoters as owner of the Pawtucket Red Sox Baseball Team, which was recognized as the strongest franchise in the International League. He entered the business world after service in the Navy, acquiring seven corporations with sales over $13 million. Read more >

  9. J. Arthur Trudeau

    Categories: Medicine & Health Care

    The late J. Arthur Trudeau was a pioneer in the support of those with intellectual disabilities in Rhode Island and across the nation. With the assistance of former LaSallle Academy classmate Congressman John E. Fogarty, he brought about legislation requiring R. Read more >



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