Rev. Vincent C. Dore was born in New Haven, Connecticut on January 31, 1900, the oldest of eight children born to John and Catherine (McMahon) Dore. He attended parochial school during his grammar school years but attended public high school until his senior year when he attended Aquinas College High School and then entered the very first class at Providence College in 1919 as a Dominican pre-ecclesiastic. He left two years later to enter the St. Joseph Priory in Somerset, Ohio and from 1922 to 1924 he studied at St. Rose Priory in Kentucky and Dominican House of Studies in Washington, D.C. before returning to earn his baccalaureate degree from Providence College in 1925.
Father Dore career as a Dominican took him on many assignments at various parishes including one two-year assignment as chaplain at the Ohio State Penitentiary. In 1931 he returned to Providence College as an instructor in the sociology department. It would mark the beginning of his long association with the college. Four years later he chaired the sociology department. Numerous assignments followed including athletic director in 1939, treasurer in 1941, dean of studies in 1949, academic vice president in 1950, superior of the Dominican community in 1956, dean of faculty in 1957, and president in 1962.
He served on many public and private boards and commissions, mainly concentrating on health, labor, and economics. During World War II he served on the Providence Civilian Defense Council; he also served on the Progress for Providence Board of Directors, the Commission on Revision of the Rhode Island State Constitution (the Edwards Commission), the New England Region National War Labor Board, and he was a consultant and arbitrator for the Rhode Island Department of Labor. He was active in the United Way Fund of Southeastern New England and was an incorporator of the Rhode Island Group Health Association.
Throughout his career he earned other academic degrees and was the recipient of honorary degrees from Providence College, Brown University, the University of Rhode Island, Rhode Island College, Bryant College, Salve Regina College, Albertus Magnus College, Stonehill College, and Suffolk University. In 1965 he received a Doctor of Scared Theology from the Dominican Order.
Father Dore died on December 14, 1984 and is buried on the Providence College campus at the Dominican Community Cemetery.
Russell J. DeSimone