Barrington Heritage Hall of Fame

Barrington Heritage Hall of Fame recognizes present and former residents that have made significant contributions through civic service or philanthropic contributions. Posthumous selections are acceptable. Nomination deadline is Sunday, January 31, 2021.

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2020 Hall of Fame Inductees

John E. Anderson, Sr.

Lifelong resident

Founder of Barrington Pop Warner Football program and oldest Little League sponsor, still active today.

Former Board Member of Barrington Boosters Club, Board Member of Zoning Board and Barrington Scholarship Committee Member.

Longtime member Barrington Juvenile Hearing Board and member of Barrington Cemetery Commission.

Member of the Barrington Police Department support, BPOE #1860 and Bishop Hickey Knights of Columbus.

Actively supporting Barrington Boosters for athletes in all sports and Barrington Police Department.

 

Thomas W. Bicknell (1834-1925)

Barrington’s most famous and prolific historian and educator.

He was admitted to the R.I. Heritage Hall of Fame in 2010. As a youth he was an abolitionist and was involved in the “Free Soil” civil strife in Kansas before the Civil War. He was by profession an educator, educational reformer, and historian. As R.I. Commissioner of Education, in 1869 he refounded the teacher-training school that became R.I. College. Bicknell was dedicated to the notion of community service through his many historical and religious activities in Barrington. As a young man, he was an organizer and speaker in the Barrington (RI) centennial in 1870; 47 years later he was a leading organizer of the Barrington (MA) bicentennial in 1917. His 1898 History of Barrington is one of the most comprehensive town histories produced for any Rhode Island town. He founded the predecessor of Barrington Preservation Society, call “Barrington Historic Antiquarian Society” in 1882. In 1903, he commemorated Barrington’s enslaved people with a monument in Prince’s Hill Burial Ground, which the New York Times called one of the first, if not the first, such monument in any town.

 

Brad Faxon

Charitable member of our community

Brad has won the Professional Golfers' Association (PGA) Tour, three times. Two PGA Tour champion victories. Coordinates the Billy Andrade - Brad Faxon Charities for Children, Inc., which was formed in 1991 and have donated $19 million to Children in Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts. Hosts CVS Caremark Charity Classic, with is RI larges charitable sporting event. Brad created a Junior Gold Foundation with Andrade as Co-Chair of Button Hole Golf Course, which is a short course that serves as a teaching and learning center for children. Brad is among new owners of Metacomet Country Club.

Nicholas Gizzarelli, Sr. (1912-2003)

Historian

His stewardship efforts of collecting and preserving Barrington’s heritage (in the form of local historical artifacts, books, documents, government records and photographs) is legendary.

Central to the Nicholas Gizzarelli, Sr. Collection is an extensive assortment of historical records, documents, and manuscripts, which he amassed over a lifetime. Working almost entirely alone, Mr. Gizzarelli, Sr. researched, compiled, and composed tens of thousands of pages: covering a myriad of topics and histories pertaining to Barrington’s common heritage. Additionally, he authored numerous original works of poetry, prose, narratives, and short stories.

In late 1982 through early 1983, Mr. Nicholas Gizzarelli, Sr. donated (14 volume) sets of his books on early Barrington history and Barrington’s Italian American history to:

  1. The Rhode Island Historical Society Library

  2. The Providence Public Library

  3. The Italian American Historical Society of Rhode Island

  4. The Town of Barrington, Rhode Island

 

In the early 1980’s (coinciding with the establishment of the Peck Center) Mr. Gizzarelli’s foundational donations were instrumental in establishing Barrington’s “Town History Museum”. Even today, his artifacts, documents, manuscripts, and photographs remain a significant and important component of the Town Museum’s collection.

Over the past 4 decades, countless researcher, scholars, historians and ordinary citizens alike have used the Nicholas Gizzarelli, Sr. Collection, as the basis of their scholarly pursuits (lectures, exhibits, publications, etc.) and/or personal research endeavors.

A small sampling of projects include:

  1. “Barrington 300” events and publications

  2. Barrington Public Library exhibits

  3. Barrington Town History Museum, both permanent and rotating exhibits

  4. Town of Barrington website (www.barrington.ri.gov) History of Barrington

  5. Civic Center Historic District and Belton Court (National Register of Historic Places), 1976

  6. “Andiamo! Italians Make Their Mark in Rhode Island”, RI State Archives Exhibit, Providence, RI (June 21, 2019 through October 25, 2019)

  7. “Images of America, Barrington”, Barrington Preservation Society, 2017, published by Arcadia Press

  8. “Barrington By the Bay, A Brief History”, Barrington Preservation Society, 2007, published by Barrington Preservation Society

  9. “From World War II to the Millennium: The Transformation of Barrington”, Barrington Preservation Society with the Friends of the Barrington Public Library, 2001, published by Barrington Preservation Society

  10. Historic and Architectural Resources of Barrington, Rhode Island”, Rhode Island Historical Preservation Commission, 1993, published by RI Historical Preservation Commission, in cooperation with Barrington Preservation Society

 

Awards, Honors and Recognitions received by Mr. Gizzarelli, Sr. include (but not limited to) include:

  1. Community Service Award Recipient, Italian-American Historical Society of Rhode Island, September 12, 1981

  2. Barrington Town Council Proclamations: October 1, 1990 (recognition for his dedication and donations), and March 8, 1993 (recognition of Town Historian)

 

Additionally, Mr. Gizzarelli, Sr. was a local business owner (Gizzarelli Electric Shop, Barrington), an electrician, an inventor, a philanthropist, a World War II Army veteran, and a member and active volunteer for both the Barrington Preservation Society and Barrington Senior Center.

Mr. Gizzarelli, Sr. also donated an assortment of educational materials to the Barrington School Department, including historical artifacts, recordings, and books. Additionally, “In 1990, he endowed the Nicholas Gizzarelli, Sr. Scholarship Fund at Barrington High School, which in 2000 began awarding scholarships to students who researched ad published papers on the history of Barrington.”

 

John Gray

Barrington Leader

As Principal of Barrington High School (BHS) from 1980-2009, John Gray spearheaded the restructuring of its curriculum, facilities, facility and athletic programs, and as a result of his guidance, all of these initiatives earned BHS the distinction of being named one of the nation’s Blue Ribbon School of Excellence”. During his high school career, John was an accomplished three-sport athlete, and he carried this love of sports to his positions of top administrator at BHS. Although he knew that a win was important, he was more concerned that his student-athletes focus on developing character, sportsmanship, and teamwork as their ultimate goals. In addition to his twenty-nine-year position at the helm of BHS, John served the Rhode Island Interscholastic League in many capacities which included being its Chairperson from 2003-2009, Board Member from 1992-2009 and Chairman and Member of the Principals Committee on Athletics. He also served as the Director of Golf and Chairperson of the Waiver and Hearing Committee for the RILL. John was also the recipient of numerous awards including the School Administrator of the Year award from the RIIL Athletic Administrators Association in 2001 and was named a Sports Ethics Fellow for National Sportsmanship Day by the institute for International Sport in 2006. In 2013, the auditorium at BHS was named the “John R. Gray Auditorium” in his memory.

 

 

Patrick “Buzz” Guida

Many years of service

Served on the Barrington School Committee for 20 years (member, Vice-Chair and Chair), served on the RI association of School Committees, RI Board of Regents for Elementary and Secondary Education, National Association of State Boards of Education and Co-Chair to the Barrington Middle School Building Committee. In 2005, Buzz was honored with the Howard Kay Award for Distinguished RI School Committee Member of the Year and received the National State Board of Education’s Distinguished Service Award.

 

H. Bickford Lang, MD (1915-2009)

Giving back

“Bick” Lang, MD and his wife Nancy, moved to the Alfred Drown neighborhood of town in the early 1950’s, where he set up his private pediatric practice (in a barn behind his house) and treated, literally thousands of Barrington children throughout his long career in medicine, all in the same location.  He also served as a physician for the Barrington Public Schools from 1961-1988. Dr. Lang retired in 1994

He served as a diplomat of the American Board of Pediatrics; a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics; and member of the American Medical Society, the Rhode Island Pediatric Society and the New England Pediatric Society.

Bick and Nancy’s two children, Steve and Barbara also live in town.

 

Doug Materne

Longest serving

Chair of the Conservation Commission and the longest continuous active volunteer serving on any board or commission – since 1974

 

 

Norman “Sandy” and Dorothy McCulloch, Jr.

Generous resident

Purchased the St. Andrew’s Farm Field for approximately $1 million dollars and then donated it to the town for active and passive recreation use. St. Andrew School Board of Trustees, President of Emeritus

St. John’s Church.

Honorary Co-Chairs of the Campaign for Mount Holyoke and members of the Campaign Steering Committee.

Sandy served as chairman of the Board of Trustees of Dartmouth College and a vice chair of the Board of Directors of the Rhode Island Community Foundation, Inc.

 

Richard Paolino (1945-2012)

Many years of service

In 1962, after four years of playing football for Barrington High School (BHS), Richard Paolino, the team’s captain, led BHS to the State Title. In addition, he was a standout in track and field, throwing the hammer for his four-year career at the high school. Years later, Richard returned to BHS as a resident to give back to the community of his roots. He was a founding member of the Gridiron Club and also helped to organize the Grey Eagles which consisted of BHS graduated footballers who gathered pre-season to complete against that year’s BHS Varsity Football Team. The proceeds from this game were donated to the BHS Football Team. The proceeds from this game were donated to the BHS Football Program. Richard was also an original member of the BHS Athletic Hall of Fame Committee. Richard served on the Committee on Appropriations and was an active member for the Community Scholarship Fund of Barrington, serving as the organization’s President from 2008-2012.

 

Martha H. Scavongelli

Supported our schools, Town, and women

Mrs. Scavongelli’s dedication to Barrington the late 1970’s and continues even now.

Martha served several years volunteering with the Barrington Junior Woman’s Club, a founding member of Osamequin Women’s Club and a Cub Scout den mother. She was involved with the Barrington Republican Women’s Club and the Barrington Republican Committee member.

She was PTA for Primrose Hill School and Barrington Middle School

Barrington High School she served on PTO and much of her time as PTA and PTO was as an officer or board member

Mrs. Scavongelli was elected 12 years on the Barrington School Committee with a portion as Chair and 4 years on The Barrington Town Council, which she served as Vice President.

 

Catherine “Kitty” Stewart Shadd (     -2014)

Loved her community

Chair of the Conservation Commission

She was the first female editor for the Barrington Times, for 16 years.

Three-term member of the Barrington Town Council (1986 to 1992), serving as President for one term. Kitty was active in the community and served as chair of Self-Help, president of the Friends of the Barrington Senior Center, and was the founder and first president of the Friends of the Barrington Public Library.

In 1972, she set aside a full page of the newspaper as a holiday greeting card. Residents were asked to donate to the Community Scholarship Fund in exchange for adding their name to the greetings page. Each year, the Community Scholarship Fund awards a Barrington Times scholarship funded by the holiday greeting page donations. Kitty was president of the New England Press Association and named Woman of the Year for Communications in Rhode Island in 1978. As chair of the Government Center Building Commission, she helped direct the renovation of Peck Memorial High School into the present Barrington Public Library, Senior Center, and Town Museum. She was a delegate to the White House Conference on Aging in 1967 and the Conference on Libraries in 1979. Kitty was Director of Christian Education for six years and served as a member of the Saint Andrews School Corporation.

 

Charlotte Somborger

Saving diamondback terrapins

Charlotte joined the board of Barrington Land Conservations Trust (BLCT). She was elected president in 1986 and served in that capacity for 17 years. Charlotte’s leadership as president made BLCT what it is today by spearheading the conservation of numerous properties and permanently influencing the quantity and quality of open spaces throughout Barrington. During Charlotte’s presidency, BLCT protected more than 100 acres of land through 40 separate acquisition transactions, including the Pic-Will Nature Preserve, an 18-acre parcel obtained through negotiations with the land owners and the Nature Conservancy. Charlotte also orchestrated BLCT’s acquisition of the 28-acre Johannis Farm Wildlife Preserve, which was purchased with Open Space Bond funds and a $60,000 fundraising campaign.  For 25 years, Charlotte painstakingly protected and cataloged hundreds or perhaps thousands of endangered diamondback terrapins at the Rayner preserve. She and the volunteer crew she recruited and trained worked in the field at Nockum Hill daily from June through September. Her work included covering nests with chicken wire to protect them from predation, marking the shells of hatchlings and keeping track of which hatchlings returned as adults to lay their own eggs.

This past summer, on a scorching hot day, I went for a walk in the preserve. I found Charlotte in the shade at a makeshift table teaching a teenager how to catalog the returning terrapins that Charlotte had marked years before, and, I suppose, she was leaving her own mark on that teenager. Charlotte is indefatigable and her enormous dedication of time to the preservation of Barrington’s wildlife and open space should be recognized as an extraordinary labor of love that is unequaled.

Charlotte’s involvement with conservation continued even after she stepped down as president in 2003, hosting countless walks on BLCT properties. She held several leadership positions with the Audubon Society of RI, including president. She also served as an osprey monitor for RIDEM

and Audubon Society. It is a huge loss that Charlotte has moved away, but it makes it even more important to let her know that the Town recognizes and fully appreciates all she has done.

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