Class of 2013

This year's new members include a former mayor, the world's greatest banjo player and the man who built the home for the New York Stock Exchange

Their induction brings to 35 the number of people in the Hall of Fame since it was started in 2007. 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. Derby is the only town in the Valley to have a Hall of Fame to honor the achievements of those who have lived in the city.

Click on the individual's name or picture to learn more about this year's inductees.

Brief descriptions of the members of the Class of 2013 (Click on names to learn more):

James B. Atwater

Most people passing though Derby are familiar with James B. Atwater because of the bridge over the Naugatuck River that bears his name. However, when one talks about "city fathers", James B. Atwater stands in the first ranks because of the many titles he wore in his efforts to make Derby the best possible place to live.

Horace Weston

Born in a period of time that a biographer had to note that he was a "free born black", Horace Weston took the extraordinary musical talents learned from his father while growing up in Derby and made himself a world renowned banjo player. So good in fact that at various times he was called the "Hercules of the Banjo" and "...perhaps the greatest banjoist the world has ever heard."


Stephen Whitney

He was born in Derby, but the living room from his New York home is on display at the Museum of New York City giving a clue of just how far in the world Stephen Whitney was to rise. He made his mark on the world through marketing skills that reportedly made him the second richest man in New York, a founder of New York University and the building of the home for the New York Stock Exchange.


For the full listing of Hall of Fame members, click here.

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