Inductees from 1993

  1. Major John T. Godfrey

    Major John T. Godfrey (1922-1958)

    Categories: Government & Politics, Industry - Textiles, Military


    Godfrey, John Trevor, 1922-1958

    Major Godfrey, a Candian native raised in Woonsocket, was a highly decorated and widely recognized World War II flying ace credited with shooting down or destroying on the ground, 36 German planes.  He later became prominent in public affairs as a State Senator.  He also operated a successful Lace manufacturing business in Rhode Island.  He died in 1958 of Lou Gehrig’s Disease after moving his business and family to the state of Maine. Read more >

  2. Harold Chubby Gomes

    Categories: Sports - Other

    Mr. Gomes, a native of Providence, was a professional boxer who became Junior Lightweight Champion of the World as the first Rhode Islander to win a world boxing title.  He is credited with being the first athlete to bring national television into Rhode Island for a boxing event.  He won 55 of 65 fights, 22 of them consecutive victories and 28 by KO. Read more >

  3. James Lou Gorman (1929-2011)

    Categories: Sports - Baseball

    Gorman, Lou, 1929-2011

    Mr. Gorman, a native of Providence, was a highly respected major League Baseball executive, and Senior Vice President and general Manger of the Boston Red Sox. Gorman was born in South Providence and was a He standout athlete at LASalle Academy in Providence and at Stonehill College in Massachusetts. Gorman then played played in 16 games for the Providence Grays in 1948. Read more >

  4. Joseph Lilley (1913-1971)

    Categories: Music (Singers, Composers)

    Lilley, Joseph J., 1913-1971

    Mr. Lilley, a native of Providence, was the Musical Director for the famed Paramount Studios who later worked on some of Hollywood’s greatest musical films including "White Christmas", "Paint your Wagon"’, and "Anything Goes".  During a career which spanned the era of big bands, radio, and movies, while working for both CBS and NBC Radio, he was closely associated with such stars as Bing Crosby, Dinah Shore, Bob Hope, Danny Kaye and Kate Smith. Read more >

  5. Mayor Robert J. McKenna (1931-2012)

    Categories: Civic Leaders, Education & Universities, Government & Politics, Historians/Historical Accounts, Preservation

    Dr. McKenna, a native of Providence, was Mayor of the City of Newport, as well as having been a Professor of Politics and Assistant to the President of Salve Regina University. He was educated at St. Patrick's School, La Salle Academy, Brown University and the Catholic University of America. Read more >

  6. Frederick M. McKinnon

    Categories: Education & Universities, Music (Singers, Composers), Sports - Other

    Mr. McKinnon, a native of Pawtucket, was considered the father of youth soccer in Rhode Island. He was an elementary school teacher in the Pawtucket School System for thirty years, and Acting Director and Supervisor of the Pawtucket Recreation Department for 34 years. He is widely recognized for his contributions to youth and recreational activities in our state, and an accomplished musician and singer who performed as both an amateur and professional. Read more >

  7. Dr. Mary C. Mulvey

    Categories: Education & Universities, Government & Politics, Medicine & Health Care

    Dr. Mulvey, a nationally recognized expert in the problems of the elderly and concerns of gerontology who now makes Rhode Island her home, has been a pioneer advocate for older adults and successful in enacting legislation to establish a State Agency on Aging. She served as its’ administrator until returning to the Providence School Department, and later became the City’s Supervisor on Adult Education, after being named to the Federal Council on Aging. She is President Emeritus of The National Senior Citizens Education And Research Center Inc. Read more >

  8. Harry Pezzullo (1912-2005)

    Categories: Sports - Golf

    Mr. Pezzullo, a native of Barrington, was a highly respected golf professional for 57 years. He played on the PGA Tour, and became Golf Director at the prestigious JDM Country Club in West Palm Beach, FL. He was named "Golf Professional of the Year" in 1958, and served as Vice President of the PGA of America for three years. Read more >

  9. Vice Admiral Thomas R. Weschler

    Vice Admiral Thomas R. Weschler (1917-)

    Categories: Education & Universities, Military

    Admiral Thomas R. (Thomas Robert) Weschler, a native of Erie, PA, and a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, was highly decorated as a veteran of World War II, the Korean and Vietnam Wars. Read more >



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