Scott Molloy was born in 1946 and grew up in Providence. His father was a city police officer; his mother a math teacher at Mt. Pleasant. He earned a BA from RIC; an MA from UNH; and a PhD from PC. Along the way he drove a RIPTA bus for 11 years, leading the transit union there as well and publishing several books and pamphlets about that workforce and industry. After a two-year stint as chief-of-staff to Congress woman Claudine Schneider, he began a 30-year career at URI at the Schmidt Labor Research Center. While at the state’s flagship, he founded the RI Labor History Society. In 1990 the Smithsonian Institution acquired his majestic collection of labor union artifacts and named it after him. URI awarded him its Teaching Excellence citation in 1995. The Carnegie Institute similarly bestowed its Teacher-of- the-Year award in 2005. In 2009, Molloy was inducted into the RI Heritage Hall of Fame. Molloy has been an activist in the Irish-American community. He helped plan and prepare the one-million-dollar Irish Famine Memorial in downtown Providence. He served as Grand Marshal of the 2018 St. Patrick’s Day parade and taught the first Irish history course ever at URI through the Honors program. URI named him Professor Emeritus when he retired in 2016. He is currently working on his memoirs, growing up a baby boomer in the capital city. He is married and lives in Exeter. He has two daughters.
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