Rhode Island College Announces
Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2000

 

Providence, RIóRhode Island College will induct nine former student-athlete/coaches into its Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday, Oct. 14 in conjunction with Homecoming.

 

Joe Aguiar '60 is one of the finest menís soccer players in RICís history. He started every game during his career and scored 34 career goals, which stood as the school record until 1972. He is currently fourth all-time in career goals and eighth in career points. The menís soccer team placed second twice in the New England College Conference during his career. Aguiar also lettered in track and baseball during his undergraduate days at RIC.

He earned both his bachelorís degree in English and social studies (1960) and his masterís degree in education (1964) from RIC.

Aguiar enjoyed a long career as a teacher and school administrator, retiring after 30 years as an Ohio School Superintendent in 1999. The Ohio House of Representatives recognized him for four decades of commitment to public school children in both Massachusetts and Ohio. Prior to working in Ohio, he was a teacher at Attleboro High School and a principal in Westford, both located in Massachusetts. He is currently the principal at Nantucket (MA) High School.

A native of Bristol, he resides in Nantucket with his wife Marcia. They have four children, Mark, John, Kristin and Ann as well as five grandchildren.


Athlete, coach, sports administrator and indefatigable worker for the performing arts in Rhode Island, Billie Ann Burrill's talents have known no bounds. While she was a member of the Health and Physical Education Department at Rhode Island College, her drive and enthusiasm enabled the school's Performing Arts Series to become the finest in the state.

The organizer of 17 different courses at RIC, Burrill also coached the school's fencing team to national prominence and, under her tutelage, one student, Judy Grinnell-Weremay, won a national fencing title. She also organized the New England Women's Intercollegiate Fencing Association and served as its president.

A native of Joliet, Illinois, Burrill joined the faculty at Rhode Island College in 1954, after serving in the Women's Army Corps (WAC) during World War II. During her four and a half years of service, she rose from private to captain and spent time in the Pacific Theater of Operations.

Following her military career, she received an undergraduate degree from Boston University and a master's degree from Smith College.

After retiring from Rhode Island College in 1980, she began to swim to ease the pain of arthritis at the age of 64. Before long, she developed into one of the world's best master's swimmers, winning nearly 300 gold medals and setting world records in her age groups in three different swimming events. Burrill, has been inducted into the Scholar-Athlete Hall of Fame by the Institute for International Sport, the Rhode Island Aquatic Hall of Fame, the North Providence Hall of Fame and received the Virginia L. "Gini" Duarte Female Athlete of the Year Award.


Kathy Kelley-Luther '82 was a standout on RICís basketball team for three seasons from 1979-82. After spending one year at the University of Bridgeport, the guard joined the Anchorwomen and led the team to three consecutive EAIAW post-season appearances.

She captained the team as both a junior and senior. Kelley-Luther played in 24 games and was second on the team in scoring and third in assists and steals as a senior in 1981-82. She finished her career with 764 points. The Anchorwomen went a combined 47-24, a .662 winning percentage, during her three-year career.

After graduating from RIC in 1982 with a bachelorís degree in elementary education, she became a math teacher at Central Falls High School, a position sheís held for the past 19 years.

Kelley-Luther has continued to stay active in athletics, serving as an assistant basketball coach at Brown University for two seasons in 1983 and 1984 before embarking on an 11-year career as the Head Coach for varsity softball at Central Falls High School. She was the varsity girlsí basketball Head Coach at Central Falls High School from 1994-00 and was named Division II Central Coach of the Year in 1998-99 and 1999-00. CFHS girlsí basketball received the Providence Journal Award for Sportsmanship this past season under Kelley-Lutherís tutelage.

Kelley-Luther is a 1977 graduate of Central Falls High School where she earned All-State honors in both basketball and cross-country. She currently resides in Cumberland with her son Kameron.


Dick Magarian '62 is a legend in the Rhode Island wrestling community. One of the founding members of RICís wrestling program, Magarian helped get the program on its feet in the late fifties as an undergraduate.

After receiving his bachelorís degree in education from RIC in 1962, he embarked on a 34-year career as a general sciences/biology teacher at Coventry High School. He also assumed the vice principal duties in 1972, a position he held for 23 years before becoming acting principal.

As he did at RIC, Magarian started the wrestling program at Coventry High before leaving to work on his masterís degree at Texas A & M University. Upon returning from Texas, Magarian was charged with rebuilding the Coventry High School wrestling program, which was disbanded while he was gone.

He built the program into one of the best in the country, winning 11 Rhode Island State Championships as the Head Coach. Magarian won three New England titles and coached eight All-Americans during his tenure. The Coventry High School wrestling team was selected as the Team of the Decade by USA Wrestling for their performance in the 1980s. CHS has won 20 State Championships, including 17 straight at one time, a nation-wide record.

He was voted the Scholastic Coach of the Year by Words Unlimited twice in 1982 and 1986. Magarian was recently chosen as one of the Top 100 Rhode Island Athletes/Coaches of the Century by the Providence Journal.

He is currently the Assistant Executive Director of the Rhode Island Interscholastic League, a position he has held since 1996.

He resides in North Kingstown with his wife Judith. His son John is a student at Brooklyn Law School and his other son Christopher is an option traders at the American Stock Exchange.


Cesar Palomeque '77 still ranks among the all-time leaders in RIC menís basketball history. He is RICís all-time leader in career free throw percentage at .814. A former forward, Palomeque is 21st all-time in career scoring with 1,054 points in three seasons of action for the Anchormen.

As a senior in 1975-76, Palomeque was second on the team in scoring, averaging 15.7 points per game. He led the team to a 15-8 overall record and a perfect 5-0 mark in the NESCAC. A starter his entire career, he was tenth in the nation in free throw percentage as a junior in 1974-75.

After graduating from RIC with a bachelorís degree in physical education in 1977, he went on to earn his D.M.D. at Eugenio Maria Dehostos Medical School, located in the Dominican Republic, in 1984.

Born in Cuba, Palomeque migrated with his family to the U.S. in 1961. He is a 1973 graduate of Memorial High School in West New York, New Jersey.

Palomeque currently runs his own dental practice in the Little Havana section of Miami.

He resides in Hialeah, Florida with his wife Hilda and their children Josanna and Joseph.


Silvio "Ed" Tartaglia '53 was another outstanding menís soccer player during his career at RIC. He was one of the players that helped establish RIC menís soccer as a viable intercollegiate program as a standout at left wing.

Tartaglia stayed active in the sport after graduation and became a soccer official. He became president of the New England College Soccer Officials Association and officiated college and high school games all over the region. He is currently a National Assessor for collegiate soccer officials. In addition to soccer, Tartaglia also officiated both basketball and baseball at the college and high school level. He was also active in the Boy Scouts as an assistant scoutmaster at St. Brigidís Church in Johnston.

He earned his bachelorís degree in education, specializing in math and science, from RIC in 1953. After teaching at Johnston High School for three years, he became a math teacher at North Providence High School for 26 years until his retirement in 1982.

A native of Johnston, he graduated from Cranston High School in 1938.

He resides in Parrish, Florida with his wife Eleanor of 46 years.


Lois Testa Lynch '57 is one of the pioneers of womenís athletics in Rhode Island. While attending Pawtucket East High School, Testa Lynch was an outstanding athlete, participating in swimming, basketball and badminton.

She became involved in the sport of track and field when Barringtonís Janet Moreau Stone, a gold medal winner in the 4 x 100 meters at the 1952 Summer Olympics, came around to the local high schools looking for the areaís top athletes. Despite never trying track and field, she heeded Moreauís suggestion and picked up the sport.

During the time she attended Rhode Island College, Testa Lynch trained with Coventryís Frank Sherman, her coach, at Providence College, an all-male institution at the time. Concentrating on the shot, javelin and discus events, she went on to dominate the 1953 AAU Championships which were held in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Testa Lynch won both the AAU Junior and Senior Championships in the shot, setting an American record at 43í10.00" in the senior division. She narrowly missed winning the discus event as well.

Testa Lynch qualified for the 1956 Summer Olympics, placing second, at the U.S. Olympic Trials in the shot. At the '56 Summer Olympics in Melbourne, Australia, she placed 13th in the world, and second in the U.S., in the shot. Her roommate at the summer games was track legend Wilma Rudolph.

After graduating from RIC with a bachelorís degree in elementary education, she went on to teach in both Revere, Massachusetts and Willimantic, Connecticut before re-locating to Florida. Testa Lynch taught for 15 years at Stuart (FL) Middle School where she also coached soccer and assisted with boysí track.

She is retired and resides in Stuart, Florida with her husband Charles. They have two children, Christopher and Timothy as well as five grandchildren.


George Tracy '51 was a four-sport student-athlete during his playing days at RIC, participating in basketball, baseball, soccer and track. He was also part of the Student Council, Menís Athletic Association and the Charles Carroll Club. He was named the College Man of the Year as a senior in 1951.

After graduation, Tracy was a teacher and later became the principal at North Providence High School. He also served as the Director of Guidance at Smithfield High School. As an official, he is a member and past president of the Rhode Island Basketball Officials Association, the Association of Baseball Umpires of Rhode Island, the Rhode Island Football Officials Association and the Collegiate Baseball Umpires Association. He has been inducted into the Providence Gridiron Hall of Fame as well as both the Rhode Island Baseball and Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame. In addition, he was recognized by the National Football Foundation for his years of service as an official.

He retired from teaching in 1989 and lives in Narragansett with his wife Hope. They have three children, Mary Ellen, George Jr. and Jacqueline, as well as five grandchildren.


James White '74 was an outstanding goalkeeper in menís soccer during his career at RIC. His 1.79 career goals-against average is currently seventh all-time at RIC. His 14 career shutouts are second all-time.

He backboned the team to the NAIA District 32 Tournament during his senior year in 1973, the first-ever post-season berth for the menís soccer program. His nine shutouts that year is tied for the most at RIC in a single season. The team posted a 13-3 overall record, the best in school history at that time, while White allowed a mere 12 goals in 16 contests.

He also was a pitcher on the baseball team, co-captaining the squad as a senior in 1974. He holds the RIC record for the lowest earned run average in a season at 1.65, set as a junior in 1973. He is third all-time at RIC in career complete games (13) and fifth in ERA (3.19).

White received the John E. Hetherman Award, signifying him as RICís top male senior athlete, in 1974.

White continued to distinguish himself as a businessman after leaving RIC. He spent ten years at Dixon Industries, a division of Bundy Corporation, leaving as a senior national sales manager in 1982.

He moved to San Francisco, California and started a very successful company, JL White Technical Sales, Inc., a materials technical sales and marketing company for the high technology industry located in Silicon Valley.

A native of Bristol, he was selected to the Bristol High School Hall of Fame in 1997.

White lives in Half Moon Bay, California with his wife Kate, an attorney, and their four-year old daughter, Darragh.



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