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90 West Broad Street
Columbus, OH 43215
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The City of Columbus Hall of Fame honors outstanding individuals who, through exemplary accomplishments, have gained national recognition for themselves and have brought credit to this City.  

Click here to see the list of Columbus Hall of Fame inductees. 

Jack Nicklaus

Jack Nicklaus Columbus native Jack Nicklaus is the world’s winningest golfer and holds the all-time record of major golf championships at age 34, surpassing the total of legendary Bobby Jones. He has won 15 major championships, including five Masters and three PGA tournaments. He has also won the British Open twice. Following his college years at Ohio State University, Nicklaus joined the professional golf tour and began an international business partnership which, among other enterprises, involves golf courses in Canada, Japan, Spain and the United States. - learn more

Jerry Page

Jerry Page An Olympic Gold Medalist in boxing during the 1984 Summer Olympics, Jerry Page has earned the admiration and respect of all fellow Columbus citizens. His boxing career began at age seven at the Windsor Terrace Recreation Center and he advanced to win many awards and championships, including the National Golden Gloves Championship and three-time Ohio State Fair Champion. Page attended Windsor Elementary, Linmoor Junior High and Linden McKinley High School. Jerry Page is a leader in the area of athletics and Columbus is extremely proud of their favorite son. - learn more

Susan Yvonne Perkins

Susan Yvonne Perkins Susan Perkins is the talented and intelligent woman who was chosen in the 1978 Miss America. Miss Perkins, a resident of Columbus, was employed as a legislative assistant in the Ohio General Assembly. She also spent much of her time developing her singing talent while not losing interest in many diversified areas. This Miami University graduate, as Miss America, will receive a $20,000 scholarship with which to continue her education. Susan Perkins has a creative mind, a lovely voice, a fine presence and her multiplicity of talents and interests promise an extremely bright future. - learn more

Elijah Pierce

Elijah Pierce A native of northeastern Mississippi and the son of a former slave, Elijah Pierce came to Columbus in 1924. A barber by profession, Mr. Pierce has used the pocket knives and chisels of the woodcarver to create internationally acclaimed works of art, depicting Biblical impressions, portraits and scenes from his life. His work has been exhibited in the National Museum of American Art of the Smithsonian Institution, as well as other prestigious galleries across the nation. Elijah Pierce’s contribution to American fold art has been recognized by the National Endowment for the Arts, with a National Heritage Fellowship. - learn more

Bobby Rahal

Bobby Rahal A man of many interests and abilities, Bobby Rahal entered his first race, a novice event in Canada, at the age of 17. A-string of impressive race car victories has since been highlighted by his 1986 Indianapolis 500 win. Bobby Rahal not only races cars; he operates several auto dealerships throughout Ohio and is an advisor and consultant to Bobby Rahal's TrackTime Driving Schools.  - learn more

Kathleen Ransier

Kathleen Ransier Kathy is a retired partner in the Vorys Columbus office where she was a member of the corporate and finance group. - learn more

James A. Rhodes

James A. Rhodes The son of a Jackson County coal miner, James A. Rhodes has compiled a record of public service to Ohio unequaled in the State’s history. In addition to his four terms as Governor of Ohio and ten years as State Auditor, Governor Rhodes served on the Columbus School Board (1937-1939) and as City Auditor (1940-1944). At the age of thirty-four, he was elected Mayor of Columbus. Twice re-elected Mayor, Rhodes sparked the growth of Ohio’s capital city in the 1940’s. In the course of a public career spanning forty-five years, Jim Rhodes, with unfailing optimism and political acumen, led Columbus and Ohio to new levels of economic and educational achievement. - learn more

Eddie Rickenbacker

Eddie Rickenbacker A World War I flying ace whom later became president of Eastern Airlines, Captain Eddie Rickenbacker truly can be called an aviation pioneer. His courage and heroics won him the Congressional Medal of Honor, and his dedication to aviation helped develop the commercial airline industry in the United States. Born in Columbus in 1890, Rickenbacker left school at the age of 13 to support his mother, brothers and sisters after the death of his father. Following his death in 1973, Lockbourne Air Force Base was renamed in honor of the man who gave so much of himself to better his native country, state, and city. - learn more

Aminah Robinson

Aminah Robinson Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson is one of the most prolific artists living today. Her diverse body of work ranges from drawings and woodcuts to complex sculptures made from natural and synthetic materials, such as twigs, carved leather, music boxes, and “hogmawg,” her own material composed of mud, grease, dyes, and glue. - learn more

Bishop Jerome H. Ross Sr.

Bishop Jerome H. Ross Sr. Bishop Jerome H. Ross, Sr., a native of Mansfield, Ohio acknowledged his call to the ministry in 1954 at the age of 15. Through the years, he has served on many boards, has held offices in many organizations and is a founding member of the Brothers of the Common Life. - learn more

Ronald E. Rosser

Ronald E. Rosser Retired Army Sergeant First Class (E-7), Ronald E. Rosser distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry above and beyond the call of duty. His courageous and selfless devotion won him the Medal of Honor in the vicinity of Ponggilli, Korea, on January 12, 1952. At the same time, he was a Corporal in the United States Army, Heavy Mortar Company, 38th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division. Born in Columbus on October 24, 1929, Rosser moved to the Crooksville-Roseville area in his early childhood. He enlisted in the Army in 1946 and retired from the United States Army in 1969. - learn more

Fran Ryan

Fran Ryan Fran Ryan has a unique ability to mobilize support to realize a community vision, working tirelessly for decades to make Columbus the best possible place to work, live and raise a family. Since she came onto the Columbus scene in the early 1970s, she has jumping into each and every cause with both feet. - learn more

John T. “Jack” Ryan

John T. “Jack” Ryan Born and raised in Columbus, Ohio, John T. Ryan forever changed the lives of thousands of students during his fifty years of teaching and coaching at Saint Charles Preparatory and Bishop Hartley High Schools. Known to most as Mr. or “Coach” Ryan, he dedicated his career to high school coaching and teaching. Mr. Ryan began his career at Saint Charles Preparatory School in 1936 where he taught health and science and coached baseball, basketball, and football. In 1942, during World War II John T. Ryan enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard, upon his return from his tour of duty in 1945, Mr. Ryan resumed his teaching and coaching career at Saint Charles until 1964. It was then when John T. Ryan began his twenty-five career at Bishop Hartley where he retired from in 1989. John T. Ryan is the only coach inducted into the Ohio Coaches Hall of Fame three times (baseball 1974, football 1988 and basketball 1992). In 1989, Bishop Hartley named their football stadium in his honor. In 1999, Saint Charles named their fitness and training facility in the coach’s honor. Both schools also have a memorial scholarship named in his honor. In 2000, John T. Ryan was named the Coach of the Century (Columbus Dispatch This Week). It is said that the only thing that John T. Ryan loved more than teaching and coaching was his wife Elaine of 51 years, his five children Kathleen, Patty, Jackie, Jimmy, Joe, and his grandchildren. - learn more

James Edward “Eddie” Saunders

James Edward “Eddie” Saunders James Edward “Eddie” Saunders made Columbus his home in 1937. In 1944, he produced the radio program “Swanee Hour” for the sick and shut-ins; he then continued to serve the community with her “Sermons and Songs” radio program. “Sermons and Songs,” the longest running religious program in the country started in 1948, when Saunders became the first black disc jockey in Columbus, Ohio.  - learn more

Laurel Lea Schaefer

Laurel Lea Schaefer Laurel Lea Schaefer, Miss America of 1972, has brought honor to herself and to her community through exemplary conduct and high regard for mankind. - learn more

George F. Schmidt

George F. Schmidt Geo. F. Schmidt, Founder of Schmidt’s Restaurant und Sausage Haus, Civic and Community leader, Devoted Family man. - learn more

M.E. Sensenbrenner

M.E. Sensenbrenner Maynard Edward “Jack” Sensenbrenner served as Mayor of Columbus for an unprecedented fourteen years. During his tenure, Jack Sensenbrenner brought fame to Columbus as the definitive “All American City.” Undoubtedly, it was the aggressive annexation policy pursued under his leadership that has afforded Columbus Mayor Sensenbrenner’s most valuable legacy: Columbus unhampered by suburban land strangulation, has emerged as a premiere city in America, enjoying dramatic growth and diversity in its economy, its culture, and the arts. As Jack Sensenbrenner would say, Columbus still has “spizzerinctum.” - learn more

Lucas Sullivant

Lucas Sullivant Lucas Sullivant was a surveyor, soldier and settler in central Ohio in the years after the American Revolution. During the late 1790s, Sullivant was a surveyor in the Virginia Military District. He took his pay in some of the land he surveyed. In 1797, he laid out a town on the western bank of the Scioto River, near the place where the Whetstone River emptied into the Scioto. Today, the Whetstone River is called the Olentangy River. - learn more

R. David Thomas

R. David Thomas Founder of Wendy’s International restaurant chain, Mr. Thomas credits his childhood as an orphan with instilling his success drive. From a single restaurant in Columbus, the Wendy’s empire has grown to over 3800 worldwide. A strong supporter and active participant in charity work, he has given time and funding to Children’s Hospital in Columbus, St. Jude Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, Recreation Unlimited for handicapped children, the Ohio State University Cancer Clinic and the Children’s Home Society of Florida. President George H.W. Bush named Dave Thomas as the spokesperson for an adoption initiative. His autobiography “Dave’s Way” funds national adoption awareness campaigns. Dave Thomas is a man who equates giving with living. - learn more

James Thurber

James Thurber An internationally famed writer, artist and cartoonist, James Thurber gave laughter to a world so often burdened with crisis and tragedy. Born in Columbus in 1894, Thurber’s writings included many stories about his native city and the college he attended, Ohio State University. Thurber wrote for the Columbus Dispatch and New Yorker magazine, among other publications. E.B. White described Thurber best he said, “His thoughts have always been a tangle of baseball scores, Civil War Tactical problems, Henry James, personal maladjustment, terrier puppies, literary rip tides, ancient myths and modern apprehensions. Through this jungle stalk the unpredictable ghosts of his relations in Columbus, Ohio.” - learn more

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