John Hazen White Sr.

Inducted: 1998
Born: 1914
Died: 2001

John Hazen White, Sr. , 1914-2001,of Barrington, was a prominent businessman whose Cranston-based “TACO, Inc.” is among the country’s most successful manufacturing companies. He has defended Rhode Islanders by enlightening them to the cost of Government and the consequences of legislative decisions through his innovative “Red Alert” efforts, while bearing all costs associated with the program. A major benefactor to Rhode Island institutes of higher learning, he received several major academic honors, and many specialized programs bear his name.

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