Derby Announces Class of 2021
The 15th anniversary class for the Derby Hall of Fame chosen by the Hall of Fame Committee brings the number of Hall members to 58. Normally, the members have been announced in conjunction with Derby Day, but because of the coronavirus issue, it was not held last year and probably not in 2021 either. The Committee has decided that starting with 2021, the announcement of the new class will coincide with Derby's birthday on May 13.
In announcing the 2021 class, Mayor Dziekan said, "As Derby is approaching its 350th anniversary in 2025, we have a class that encompasses about 300 of those years and represents the rich diversity of our heritage starting in 1738 when Molly Hatchett was born. The Paugassett tribe which dominated the area prior to the arrival of European settlers was in decline and Molly is regarded as the last of the Paugassetts. We also have the first member of the Hall of Fame of Asian ancestry Joseph L. Hang Moo who died in the service of our country. Finally, we have world renown actor Brian Dennehy who got his first taste of the stage right here in Derby. They join the previous 55 individuals who are enshrined in the Hall and contributed so much to our history and culture."
Click here to learn more about the Class of 2021. 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 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: