Inductees from 1975

  1. John Nicholas Brown (1900-1979)

    Categories: Artists & Painters, Education & Universities, Famous RI Families, Government & Politics, Historians/Historical Accounts/Preservation, Military

    John Nicholas Brown, 1900-1979, was a former assistant Secretary of the Navy for Air, senior fellow at Brown University and a director of the Smithsonian Institution. He directed the search and recovery of the works of art stolen by the Nazis for which he was decorated by the French and Belgian governments. Read more >

  2. Manuel Gorriaran (1938-2012)

    Categories: Civic Leaders, Industry - General, Philanthropists, Sports - Other

    Manuel Gorriaran, 1938-2012, was a sportsman, philanthropist, industrialist, and a Pan-American-World Olympic Wrestling Team manager. He was a member of the Helms Hall of Fame, won the International Amateur Wrestling Federation's highest award and was Chairman of People to People Rhode Island.

    ce President, President and then Chairman of Hook-Fast Specialties, Inc., a family-owned jewelry manufacturing company based in Providence. Read more >
  3. William T. Halloran (1893-1983)

    Categories: Sports - Football

    William T. Halloran was the former Assistant Postmaster of Providence Post Office and for many years one of the nation's top football officials, both in professional and collegiate circles. His part-time refereeing and umpiring avocation were paralleled by full-time work for the Providence Post Office. He was assistant postmaster when he retired in 1963 after precisely fifty years on the job. Read more >

  4. Commodore Esek Hopkins

    Commodore Esek Hopkins (1718-1802)

    Categories: Famous RI Families, Military

    Commodore Esek Hopkins, 1718-1802, brother of Stephen Hopkins, became the first Commander-in-Chief of the United States Navy, achieving the rank of Commodore. Read more >

  5. John C. Quinn (1944-1990)

    Categories: Literature / Writers / Newspapers

    John Quinn, 1944-1990, former Providence Journal-Bulletin editor, became Vice President for Supervision of News for the Gannett chain of fifty-three dailies in sixteen states and Guam. He was also past president of the Associated Press Managing Editors Association. Read more >

  6. Catherine Robinson

    Categories: Civil Rights / Abolitionists, Education & Universities, Women

    Catherine Robinson, an outspoken champion of civil rights, approached that goal through practical application of better race relations. She was Assistant Director of the University of Rhode Island Extension Division Service until her mandatory retirement. Read more >

  7. Charles C. Tillinghast, Jr. (1911-1998)

    Categories: Education & Universities, Government & Politics, Industry - General

    Legal mind, industrialist, and investment banker, Charles C. Tillinghast served as the chairman of Trans World Airlines (T.W.A. Read more >

  8. James Van Alen (1902-1991)

    Categories: Sports - Other

    James Van Alen, 1902-1991, a tennis impresario, was known for devising the new system for scoring tournament tennis.  He also established the National Tennis Hall of Fame at the Newport Casino. Read more >

  9. Dr. Carl R. Woodward (1890-1974)

    Categories: Education & Universities, Historians/Historical Accounts/Preservation

    Born in Tennent, Monmouth County, New Jersey on July 20, 1890, Carl Raymond Woodward graduated from Rutgers University with a Bachelor of Science in 1914 and a Master of Arts in 1919. He received his Ph.D. from Cornell University in 1926 in agricultural economics, rural education, and rural sociology, and served in various capacities at Rutgers, including a successful seven-year tenure as a professor of English. Read more >



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