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.

You can nominate someone anytime by clicking here to send an e-mail. Please make sure that you provide biographical information about the person that you are nominating and not just a name. Nominations are kept on file for three years.

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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 Hall of Fame is part of this plaza on the Derby Greenway.

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:

2008   2009  2010   2011  2012   2013   2014   2015   2016   2017   2018   2019  2020  2021

Derby Hall of Fame

Click on the links to read about their accomplishments.

  James B. Atwater James McKenzie
Bassett, Ebenezer Joseph L. Hong Moo
Dr. Ambrose Beardsley  Patrick B. O'Sullivan
Rev. John Bowes HeadstoneRev. John Bowers Major Wilbur Fiske Osborne
Henry M. Bradley, Jr. Graham Peck
Edward J. Cotter Anson Phelps
John Cloues Dr. Albert Phillips
Giuseppe Cusano Leo F. "Nuggy" Ryan
DeFilippo, Lou Henry Shelton Sanford
Brian Dennehy quiz13.jpg (7254 bytes) Edward N. Shelton
  Jerry Denny Jane DeForest Shelton
Rev. John Jordan Dillon

Bob Skoronski

Herbert Henry Dow Sheldon Smith
WilliamF. Durand Ann Stephens 
  Dr. Robert Feeney   Charles Sterling
Quosh Freeman John Storrs 
 Frank Gates Edmund Strang
Molly Hatchett Dr. Joseph Stygar
Harry Haugh George P. Sullivan
Josiah Holbrook David Torrance
Dr. John Ireland Howe Donald Waldhaus
David Humphreys Horace Weston
Commodore Isaac Hull Joseph Wheeler
Orson Hyde Stephen Whitney
Col. George H. Kneen William Whitney
Clara Louise Kellogg J. Newton Williams
Frances Osborne Kellogg Frank P. Witek
James D. Kennedy Edward Wooster
Pierre Lallement William B. Wooster
Reverend Richard Mansfield Harold Yudkin

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