Inductees from 1985

  1. H. Cushman Anthony (1904-2000)

    Categories: Civic Leaders, Education & Universities

    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 >

  2. Irving J. Fain (1906-1970)

    Categories: Civic Leaders, Philanthropists

    Irving J. Fain, 1906-1970, was a philanthropist, successful businessman, and community leader whose perseverance and ideals almost single-handedly led to the establishment of a fair housing law in Rhode Island. He was raised in Lippitt Hill, now University Heights, an American landmark mixture of races and economic backgrounds he helped to create. He was a backer of humane causes, an extremely active leader in the community, and one of Rhode Island's most prominent citizens until his untimely death in 1970. Read more >

  3. William H. Matthews

    Categories: African Americans, Civic Leaders, Government & Politics

    William H. Matthews was the former First Deputy City Clerk of Providence, and considered by many as the finest athlete the state has produced. "Dixie", as he was known to all, was considered by leaders of the city's African-American community as their "first but unofficial" City Councilman. Born in Providence, he retired after thirty-eight years of City employment, culminating in his appointment to the highest City post ever held by an African-American. Read more >

  4. Richard J. Reynolds

    Categories: Education & Universities, Literature / Writers / Newspapers, Sports - Other

    Richard J. Reynolds was, for thirty-two years, the schoolboy sports editor for the Providence Journal-Bulletin and one of Rhode Island's greatest ambassadors of goodwill. He was a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Brown University, where he was a Wayland Scholar and later a sports information director. He was single-handedly responsible for the highly successful People-to-People Program in Rhode Island, and a prime diplomat for the organization across the nation. Read more >

  5. Mayor Walter H. Reynolds (1901-1987)

    Categories: Government & Politics

    Mayor Walter Reynolds, 1901-1987, known as "Barney", served seven consecutive terms as Mayor of Providence, totaling fourteen years of service.He was the City's Chief Executive during times of great accomplishment and growth. A public servant for more than thirty-five years, beginning in 1935, he received numerous national, regional, and local awards for excellence in various aspects of municipal administration. He created the Providence Human Relations Commission, and was a symbol of public integrity, with many of the City's projects as hallmarks of his tenure. Read more >

  6. Henry J. Tasca (1912-1979)

    Categories: Government & Politics

    Henry J. Tasca, 1912-1979, was U.S. Ambassador to Greece and Morocco, and several other European countries as a career diplomat and key foreign service official. Read more >

  7. Dr Vincent J. Turco (1916-1999)

    Categories: Education & Universities, Medicine & Health Care

    Dr. Vincent Turco, 1916-1999, was one of the world's foremost authorities on treatment of clubfoot. He served as Chief of Orthopedic Surgery at St. Francis Hospital in Hartford, CT, and Assistant Clinical Professor at Yale University and the University of Connecticut Medical Schools. Read more >

  8. John C.A. Watkins (1912-2000)

    Categories: Literature / Writers / Newspapers, Military

    John C.A. Watkins, 1912-2000, was Publisher and Chairman of the Board of the Providence Journal-Bulletin beginning in 1974. His journalistic career began in Dayton, Ohio, in 1934, and he came to these newspapers in 1945 as assistant to the publisher. Read more >

  9. William D. & Olive F. Wiley

    Categories: African Americans, Literature / Writers / Newspapers, Women

    Mr. William (b. 1898) & Mrs. Olive F. Read more >



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