Class of 2019
Mayor Richard Dziekan is pleased to announce the selection of the 13th anniversary class for the Derby Hall of Fame. This year's class of three chosen by the Hall of Fame Committee brings the number of Hall members to 52.
Mayor Dziekan said, "Dziekan said, “This year's class includes the greatest football player to come out of Derby and the Valley, Derby's unofficial poet laureate and an Air Force hero who distinguished himself in three of America's wars.
Brief descriptions of the members of the Class of 2019 (Click on names to learn more):
Bob Skoronski was the greatest football player to ever come from Derby or the Valley. A star at Fairfiled Prep and Indiana University he went on to a legendary career with the Green Bay Packers that included five NFL championships and the first two Super Bowl titles. He was co-captain of those Super Bowl teams and is a member of the Green bay Packers Hall of Fame.
Col. George H. Kneen distinguished himself throughout a long career with the Army Air Corps which later became the Air Force. He enlisted in time for the start of WWII and flew a wide variety of air combat missions during WWII and the Korean War and earned a remarkable string of distinguished honors from the Air Force for his service.
John Whiting Storrs was a reporter, photographer, newspaper editor who reported on Derby and Valley news during the mid and later 1800’s. Many call him Derby’s “Poet Laureate” as he was called on regularly to commemorate in poetry some of the great events in Derby history including the dedication of the Ousatonic Dam and the dedication of the War of the Rebellion monument on the Birmingham Green.