Year Inducted: 1987

Charles Swanson - Charles Swanson was considered Rhode Island's ambassador of tennis. He is rated among the best senior doubles players in the world. He won sixteen national tennis titles, and is recognized as the father of the Rhode Island tennis scene, teaching tennis professionals despite never having taken a lesson himself. He is credited with developing hundreds…
Fritz Eichenberg - Fritz Eichenberg was an internationally recognized graphic artist, illustrator, and author whose achievements are documented in the Library of Congress. He held several honorary degrees, including one from URI, where he served as professor and Chair of the Art Department. He became a well-known author, with texts that became standard for the field. He was…
Giovanni DaVerrazzano - Giovanni da Verrazzano (1485-1528) was an Italian explorer and navigator who sailed in the service of France. Although the exact place and date of his birth have not been positively established, he was probably a native of the Chianti region of Tuscany, well-born and well-educated. As a young man, he took up residence in Dieppe…
Henry & Henry Fredrick Lippitt - Henry Lippitt was a native Rhode Islander who died in 1891, after becoming one of the state's industrial and financial leaders of his time, serving two terms as governor. Henry F. Lippitt, Henry's son, died in 1933, after following in his father's footsteps as an industrialist, a statesman, and a United States Senator. A renowned…
John J. Cummings, Jr. - The late John J. Cummings was one of the financial geniuses of his time. During a career spanning thity-five years with the Fleet Financial Group, until his untimely death in 1982, he served as Fleet's Cheif-Executive for fourteen years. He was responsible for guiding its growth into an internationally recognized financial services company. He established…
Maj. Gen. Andrew S. Low - Major General Low was a former U.S. Airforce Director of Aerospace Programs and highly decorated World War II pilot. General Low was born in Westerly, R.I., in 1917, and completed public school there. He attended Rhode Island College of Education for three years. He began his military career in June 1936 when he enlisted in…
Ralph Zanelli - Ralph Zanelli (1915-2006) was a professional boxer who held both the New England welterwight and middleweight titles when he retired in 1952. He had competed for sixteen years and held a record of 115 wins, with 30 losses. His career spanned 20 years, beginning at the age of 17, and within three years he held…
Sister Eileen Murphy RSM - The late Sister Murphy was founder of the Amos House in Providence for the care of the homeless and needy of Rhode Island. A tireless worker for the cause of homeless men and women and helping to provide daily services, including food for low-income Rhode Islanders. Sister Murphy dedicated a lifetime to the teaching and…
Sister Mary Bernard RSM - Sister Mary Bernard served the community as a dedicated religious educator and Mercy missionary for over sixty years. She continued at St. Mary's Academy well into her eighties where she has been a teacher, Principle, and Head of the Guidance Department. She was also Principle and taught for many years at St. Xavier Academy and…
W. Spencer Crooks - Spencer Crooks was an accomplished watercolor artists from Pawtucket whose works have been exhibited throughout the world. He was a popular teacher and lecture-demonstration expert on watercolor painting across New England. He was a major contributor to internationally recognized workshop seminars conducted not only in the United States, but in several foreign countries, including his…
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