Inductees from 1987

  1. Sister Mary Bernard, RSM

    Categories: Education & Universities, Religion & Churches, Women

    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 >

  2. W. Spencer Crooks

    Categories: Artists & Painters

    Spencer Crooks was an accomplished watercolor artists from Pawtucket whose works have been exhibited throughout the world. He was a popular teacher and lecture-demonstration expert on watercolor painting across New England. He was a major contributor to internationally recognized workshop seminars conducted not only in the United States, but in several foreign countries, including his native Ireland. He is listed in 'Who's Who in American Art', and is the recipient of several prestigious awards in his field. Read more >

  3. John J. Cummings,, Jr.

    Categories: Philanthropists
    The late John J. Cummings was one of the financial geniuses of his time. During a career spanning thity-five years with the Fleet Financial Group, until his untimely death in 1982, he served as Fleet's Cheif-Executive for fourteen years. He was responsible for guiding its growth into an internationally recognized financial services company. Read more >
  4. Fritz Eichenberg (1901-1990)

    Categories: Artists & Painters, Education & Universities
    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 >
  5. Henry & Henry Fredrick Lippitt

    Henry & Henry Fredrick Lippitt (1818-1933)

    Categories: Famous RI Families, Government & Politics, Industry - General, Sports - Other

    Henry Lippitt was a native Rhode Islander who died in 1891, after becoming one of the state's industrial and financial leaders of his time, serving two terms as governor.

    Henry F. Lippitt, Henry's son, died in 1933, after following in his father's footsteps as an industrialist, a statesman, and a United States Senator. A renowned yachtsman, he was instrumental in winning many prestigious events, including the Astor Cup, and took part in America's Cup racing. Read more >

  6. Maj. Gen. Andrew S. Low

    Maj. Gen. Andrew S. Low (1917-2000)

    Categories: Military

    Low, Andrew S. (Andrew Stevenson), 1917-

    Major General Low was a former U.S. Airforce Director of Aerospace Programs and highly decorated World War II pilot. Read more >

  7. Sister Eileen Murphy, RSM (1935-1983)

    Categories: Civic Leaders, Religion & Churches, Women

    The late Sister Murphy was founder of the Amos House in Providence for the care of the homeless and needy of Rhode Island. A tireless worker for the cause of homeless men and women and helping to provide daily services, including food for low-income Rhode Islanders. Sister Murphy dedicated a lifetime to the teaching and ministering of the needy. She died in 1983 at the age of forty-eight, leaving a legacy for all citizens to follow. Read more >

  8. Charles Swanson

    Categories: Sports - Other
    Charles Swanson was considered Rhode Island's ambassador of tennis. He is rated among the best senior doubles players in the world. He won sixteen national tennis titles, and is recognized as the father of the Rhode Island tennis scene, teaching tennis professionals despite never having taken a lesson himself. He is credited with developing hundreds of young players and several of his pupils have become champions, including his daughter. Read more >
  9. Ralph Zanelli (1915-2006)

    Categories: Sports - Other

    Ralph Zanelli (1915-2006) was a professional boxer who held both the New England welterwight and middleweight titles when he retired in 1952. He had competed for sixteen years and held a record of 115 wins, with 30 losses. His career spanned 20 years, beginning at the age of 17, and within three years he held the lightweight, welterweight, and middleweight Rhode Island Amateur Titles. He was a Golden Glove winner in 1936, culminating a 300-bout amateur career. Read more >



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