Class of 2017

Mayor Anita Dugatto is pleased to announce the selection of the 11th anniversary class for the  Derby Hall of Fame. This year's class encompasses sports, medicine, local history and religion and some may be surprised at the enormous success of each of these individuals.

Mayor Dugatto said, "The additions to Hall of Fame this year are impressive and show the strength and vision of the Valley forefathers that made it great!"

Brief descriptions of the members of the Class of 2017 (Click on names to learn more):

Dr. Ambrose Beardsley was a physician, historian, writer and acclaimed orator best known for his role in working with Samuel Orcutt to produce  the definitive history of early Derby - "The History of the Old Town of Derby, Connecticut, 1642-1880." However his work in Derby goes well beyond his role with the book. Click here to see what makes him a Hall of Famer.
Jerry Denny was a major league baseball player whose main claim to fame was to be the last position player to play his entire career without using a fielding mitt. His baseball trail eventually brought him to Derby to play and coach the Derby Angels. His baseball career was truly more amazing than you could imagine. Click here to see just how great a player he was.

Orson Hyde was born in Oxford and spent time growing up in Derby. The world knows him better as one of the first of the Twelve Apostles of the Mormon Church who came very close to being the head of the church. Click here to learn more about his incredible career.


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

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