Class of 2015


The Derby Hall of Fame has grown to 41 members with the inclusion of the Class of 2015. The new group consists of three new members - the first permanent European settler, the first Olympian and a seven term mayor who served in three different decades. Click here to learn more about the Class of 2015.

There is also now a new Derby High School Athletic Hall of Fame, and you can learn more about that here. Two members of the City Hall of Fame are also in the inaugural class of the High School Athletic Hall.

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 2015 was inducted on Derby Day
, but 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. The Class of 2015 brings the total number of honorees to 41.

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 here for the Class of 2008, here for the Class of 2009, here for the Class of 2010, here for the Class of 2011, here for 2012 and here for 2013. Click here to learn more about the Class of 2014.

Derby Hall of Fame

Click on the links to read about their accomplishments.

  James B. Atwater Anson Phelps
Rev. John Bowes HeadstoneRev. John Bowers Leo F. "Nuggy" Ryan
Henry M. Bradley, Jr. Henry Shelton Sanford
Edward J. Cotterquiz13.jpg (7254 bytes) Edward N. Shelton
Bassett, Ebenezer Jane DeForest Shelton
DeFilippo, Lou Sheldon Smith
Rev. John Jordan Dillon Ann Stephens
Herbert Henry Dow

Dr. Joseph Stygar

WilliamF. Durand Edmund Strang
 Frank Gates George P. Sullivan
David Humphreys David Torrance
Dr. John Ireland Howe Donald Waldhaus

Commodore Isaac Hull

Horace Weston
Clara Louise Kellogg Joseph Wheeler
Frances Osborne Kellogg Stephen Whitney
Pierre Lallement J. Newton Williams
Reverend Richard Mansfield Frank P. Witek
James McKenzie Col. Holton Wood
 Patrick B. O'Sullivan Edward Wooster
Major Wilbur Fiske Osborne William B. Wooster
Graham Peck  

Nominations may be made at anytime for the Hall of Fame. They will be kept on file until the annual selection process, and the induction of a new class is planned to coincide with Derby Day in June each year. Living individuals may not be nominated.

Derby Hall of Fame Nomination Form

Person being nominated:                                        

In order to help the committee judge the contributions of each nominee, we ask that you submit a brief resume of the individual's accomplishments. The basic criteria are listed above.

This nominee should be selected for the following reason(s):

What was this individual's connection to Derby:


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