Gallaudet University Hall of Fame

The exact date of the origin of the Gallaudet College Hall of Fame is not recorded. In all likelihood, it began as a small collection of memorials and grew over the years. In all, 40 individuals were inducted into the Gallaudet College Hall of Fame prior to 1980. Their names appear below in alphabetical order. Their photographs and biographies, along with a description of the type of memorial, and, where applicable, the donor of the memorial and a citation, will be posted at a later time. Most of the original photographs of the inductees are on display in the long corridor outside of the Deaf Collections and Archives in the basement of Merrill Learning Center. Other memorials are stored in a vault within the Deaf Collections and Archives.

Originally located in Chapel Hall, the Hall of Fame memorializes individuals who made significant contributions to education of the deaf, to the College, or to the deaf community. A lengthy article about individuals enshrined in this Hall was written by Dr. Elizabeth Peet and printed in the Gallaudet Alumni Bulletin, and a master's thesis entitled "A Survey of the Members of the Gallaudet College Hall of Fame," written by Dr. Donald R. Bangs, are both available in the Gallaudet University Library.

Honoring the 150th anniversary of Gallaudet University, the Board of Trustees voted in February 2013 to revive the Gallaudet University Hall of Fame and to induct new members. The first group of inductees were announced during the 150th Anniversary Celebration in July 2014. 

Prior to 1980

  • Isaac Allison
  • Melville Ballard
  • Elizabeth English Benson
  • Arthur Dunham Bryant
  • John Carlin
  • John Chickering
  • Laurent Clerc
  • Harley Daniel Drake
  • Amos Galusha Draper
  • Leonard Marvin Elstad
  • Charles Russell Ely
  • The Abbe Charles Michel de l'Epee
  • Allen Bradshaw Fay
  • Edward Allen Fay
  • Irwin S. Fusfeld
  • Edward Miner Gallaudet
  • Thomas Gallaudet
  • Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet
  • James A. Garfield
  • Percival Hall
  • Percival Hall, Jr.
  • Olof Hanson
  • John Burton Hotchkiss
  • Frederick Henry Hughes
  • Amos Kendall
  • Edith M. Nelson
  • Elizabeth Peet
  • Harvey Prindle Peet
  • Isaac Lewis Peet
  • Richard M. Phillips
  • Samuel Porter
  • The Abbe R. A. Sicard
  • Frank B. Smith
  • Henry Winter Slye
  • George M. Teegarden
  • Cadwallader Lincoln Washburn

(Source: The Gallaudet Almanac (1974) published by Gallaudet College Alumni Association; updated in October 2013 by Michael Moore, Ph.D.)


  • Glenn B. Anderson, alumnus, board member and chair
  • Deborah B. Blumenson (formerly Sonnenstrahl), alumna, faculty
  • Gerald "Bummy" Burstein, alumnus, GUAA president, benefactor
  • Andrew Jackson Foster, alumnus, school founder (posthumously)
  • Gertrude Scott Galloway, alumna, community leader
  • Jack R. Gannon, alumnus, administrator, author, historian, benefactor
  • Mervin D. Garretson, alumnus, administrator, board member (posthumously)
  • Petra Howard, alumna, state administrator (posthumously)
  • I. King Jordan, alumnus, professor, dean, president emeritus
  • Alto Lowman, alumna, first female graduate (posthumously)
  • Roslyn Goodstein Rosen, alumna, teacher, administrator
  • William C. Stokoe, professor, pioneer, innovator (posthumously)
  • Norman L. Tully, alumnus, professor, administrator
  • Frank R. Turk, alumnus, teacher, coach, administrator
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