Sadly, Gerald P. ” Jerry ” Prior , a 2006 inductee passed away on Sunday, July 9, 2023. His obituary may be accessed on the Quinn Funeral Home website and his Hall of Fame Biography may be read on the Past Inductees page by clicking on his name. Jerry is the brother of David Prior, Board Member and Treasurer of RIAHOF and a 2013 Inductee. Jerry and David both competed for LaSalle Academy. Jerry had many friends in Rhode Island Swimming and will be sadly missed by all.

We are also saddened to announce the passing of Rod McGarry, III at the age of 81. Rod was the father of Rod McGarry IIII, ( 2006 inductee) and Colleen McGarry (2007 Inductee). Rod McGarry IIII was also the uncle of Neale McGarry (1992) His obituary can be read on the Bellows Funeral Home website. His love of swimming as an official and a parent began at the Cumberland Lincoln Boys Club and continued for many years.

This has been a difficult year. We lost many “Friends of the Rhode Island Aquatic” Hall of Fame. We Remember:

Dick Fadgen, 1983

Edward Golden, 1985

Ellis Mayers, 1984

James Manfredi, 2001

Andy Robinson, 2006

Ralph Gossler, 1984

Richard Vincent, 1991

Gerald Prior, 2006

Our Annual Induction Ceremony was held on Saturday, May 6, 2023 at the Quonset O Club in North Kingstown, Rhode Island. Six outstanding individuals were inducted: Cindy Bowden, Edward “Ted” Brennan, Brandi Blakely Coutinho, Tom Diiorio, James Dollins, and Marianne Hassan. Please see the Events Page and 2023 Inductee Page for more information. A wonderful time was had by all who attended. A big THANK YOU to all who attended!

Just a side note –

The Hall at URI is in need of updating (installing 2021 plagues), plaque repair to about 6 individual plaques, and engraving of brass plates on the State plaque. This will be done soon!