Inductees from 1980

  1. W. Russell Boss (1909-1988)

    Categories: Industry - General

    W. Russell Boss, 1909-1988, was former Treasurer, Sales Manager, President and Chairman of the Board at A.T. Cross Company from 1927 to 1979. Read more >

  2. Russell A. "Ron" Boss

    Categories: Industry - General, Sports - Other

    Russell Boss became President of the A.T. Cross Company, and served as Director and Vice President of the Manufacturing Jewelers and Silversmiths of America. He is also a well-known yachtsman and sailing champion. Read more >

  3. Bradford P. Boss

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

    Bradford P. Boss, whose career at A.T. Cross was primarily in sales and marketing, served as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Costa Inc (Formerly Known As A. Read more >

  4. Diane L. Coutu (1953-)

    Categories: Business / Entrepreneurs, Education & Universities, Women

    Diane Coutu, a native of West Warwick, was named a Rhode Scholar at Oxford after graduating with honors at Yale University. She was the winner of the Rotary International Fellowship, an Oxford University Graduate, and interned as Yale's Griswold Scholar. At the age of 27, she was appointed to the Rand Corporation in California, where she worked until 1997. Read more >

  5. Cardinal John Dearden (1907-1988)

    Categories: Education & Universities, Religion & Churches

    Cardinal John Dearden, 1907-1988, became Archbishop of Detroit, Michigan, ministering a flock of 1,200,000 Catholics. Born John Dearden in Valley Falls, he began his education at The Holy Trinity School in Central Falls. Ordained a priest in Rome by Cardinal Francesco Marchetti Selvaggiani in 1932, he served as Bishop of Pittsburgh, and has authored national educational programs devoted to principles of justice. Read more >

  6. Edward M. Fay (1878-1964)

    Categories: Entertainment Development, Music (Singers, Composers), Theater

    Edward M. Fay was a well known local and national theatrical impresario, musician and band leader. He was a friend of George M. Cohan (born in Providence in 1878 and composer of the famous songs Over There, Give My Regards to Broadway and You’re a Grand Old Flag). Read more >

  7. Morris J.W. Gaebe

    Categories: Education & Universities, Food / Culinary

    Mr. Morris J.W. Gaebe is a trustee emeritus, chancellor emeritus at Johnson & Wales University. Read more >

  8. Sec. of the Treasury G. William Miller

    Sec. of the Treasury G. William Miller (1925-2006)

    Categories: Government & Politics

    G. William Miller, 1925-2006, served as United States Secretary of the Treasury and former Chief Executive Officer, Chairman, and President of Textron. President Carter nominated him as Chairman of the United States Federal Reserve Board prior to his appointment as Secretary of the Treasury.

    Everett Raymond Kinstler, Sec. Read more >

  9. Florence Kerins Murray (1916-2004)

    Categories: Education & Universities, Government & Politics, Law / Legal Pioneers, Military, Women

    Florence Kerins Murray, 1916-2004,was a high-ranking officer in the Women's Army Corps, Rhode Island's first female state senator (and was reelected four times), female judge and member of the Rhode Island Supreme Court. Read more >

  10. Chief Justice Joseph R. Weisberger

    Chief Justice Joseph R. Weisberger (1920-2012)

    Categories: Education & Universities, Government & Politics, Law / Legal Pioneers

    Chief Justice Joseph Weisberger, 1920-2012, spent 56 years in the Rhode Island Judiciary and at the time of his retirement, was Supreme Court Justice of Rhode Island. He previously served the state as a Presiding Justice of the Superior Court and as a Senator and Minority Leader. Chief Justice Weisberger was instrumental in establishing am accredited law school in Rhode Island. He was appointed a Knight of St. Read more >

  11. Roger Wheeler

    Categories: Government & Politics, Military, Technology & Science

    The late Roger Wheeler was State Recreational Supervisor and Director of Water Safety for more than 20 years. During World War II he designed a life jacket that became standard Air Force equipment and received an Army Commendation for invaluable developments of air-sea rescue procedures. Read more >

  12. Angelo Zuccolo (1908-1956)

    Categories: Civic Leaders

    Angelo Zuccolo was born on November 8, 1908 in Providence, Rhode Island, the son of Italian immigrants Elvezio and Maria (Fargnoli) Zuccolo. Growing up in Providence he attended the city's public schools and joined the Boy Scouts of America's Troop 9 at the Federal Hill House. His association with scouting would last the remainder of his life and have an impact on thousands of scouts that followed in his footsteps. He was affectionately known as "Zook" to Rhode Island Boy Scouts and their leaders for his devotion and development of scouting. Read more >



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