The Derby Hall of Fame is made up of Derby natives and residents who have helped to shape the course of history through their achievements at the local, state, national or international level. Each of these individuals selected was either born in Derby or lived here at some point in his/her life. Living individuals are not eligible for selection. The Class of 2022 was announced at the Board of Aldermen meeting on May 12, 2022.
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Derby Announces Class of 2022
The 16th anniversary class for the Derby Hall of Fame chosen by the Hall of Fame Committee brings the number of Hall members to 61. This is the first year that the official announcement of the new class will coincide with Derby's birthday on May 13.
In announcing the 2022 class, Mayor Dziekan said, “This year's class includes three men who distinguished themselves in diplomacy, transportation, and the biotech industry as well as philanthropy. James Kennedy was a pioneer in the transportation industry in Derby and beyond as he was responsible for the construction of electric trolley lines including the very first one in New England built to connect Derby and Ansonia. They join the previous 55 individuals who are enshrined in the Hall and contributed so much to our history and culture.
William Whitney came from the distinguished Whitney family who went from owning a jewelry store on Main Street in Derby to become the Deputy U.S. Counsel to Bermuda and a funder of the Whitney Institute in Bermuda.
Dr. Robert Feeney was valedictorian of the Derby High School Class of 1943, a naval veteran during World War II, and a graduate of the distinguished Yale Class of 1945W. He helped to build Pfizer into one of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies and he was an early pioneer in developing biotechnology and medical devices. He was also a noted philanthropist including his generous support of Boy Scout Troop 3 in Derby.
Click here to learn more about the Class of 2022. The first members of Derby Hall of Fame were admitted in 2007.
In 2015 the Derby High School Athletic Hall
of Fame was started, and you can learn more about that
here. Two members of the City Hall of Fame were also in the inaugural
class of the High School Athletic Hall.
The initial class of eleven individuals was inducted into the Hall of Fame on September 1, 2007. Click here for the story. Click the year to read more about each: