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West Orange Resident Nominated for New Jersey Hall of Fame

Cynthia Cumming

Wednesday, June 18, 2014 • 1:40pm

WEST ORANGE, NJ - Amos Alonzo Stagg has been nominated for the New Jersey Hall of Fame, and West Orange residents are encouraged to cast their votes before June 20 at http://njhalloffame.org/2014-nominees/. Stagg is up for nomination in the field of Sports.

Amos Alonzo Stagg (1862-1965) played baseball and basketball and coached football at several universities. He was a coach for the 1924 US Olympic Track and Field Team. Stagg Field in West Orange is named in his honor.

In addition Stagg, who would join with Thomas Edison, a first-year inductee in 2008, several other New Jerseyans are nominated. Here is the list; One vote per person, per category is allowed.

ARTS AND LETTERS

Sculptor Alexander Calder, Hoboken; Pulitzer Prize winner Junot Diaz, Parlin; novelist and historian Thomas Fleming, Jersey City; Pulitzer Prize-winner John McPhee, Princeton; writer and satirist Dorothy Parker, Long Branch; New Yorker cartoonist George Price, Fort Lee; photographer Alfred Stieglitz, Hoboken; Pulitzer Prize-winning composer George Theophilus Walker, Montclair; NBC anchor Brian Williams, Ridgewood and Middletown; and literary critic Edmund Wilson, Red Bank.

ENTERPRISE

Lewis Dubois Bassett, founder of Bassett's Ice Cream Company, Quakertown; James E. Burke, former CEO of Johnson & Johnson, New Brunswick; Morgan Stanley vice-chairman, gospel singer and speaker Carla Harris, Montclair; Howard Katz, senior vice president of broadcasting and media operations for the NFL, Livingston; entrepreneur F.M. Kirby, Jr., Madison and Morristown; Dr. Victor Parsonnet, cardiac surgeon and arts supporter, Newark; John Rock, abolitionist and one of the first African-Americans to earn a medical degree, Salem; Charles F. Seabrook, frozen vegetable pioneer, Cumberland County; Dr. James Still, known as the "black doctor of the Pinelands," Moorestown; and Alice Waters, chef, Chatham.

PERFORMING ARTS

"Twist and Shout" singers The Isley Brothers, Teaneck; trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie, Englewood; composer and lyricist Jerry Herman, Jersey City; Oscar-winning actress Celeste Holm, Schooley’s Mountain; African-American director/producer Oscar Micheaux, Fort Lee; comedian Eddie Murphy, Alpine; bandleader Nelson Riddle, Oradell; female super group the Shirelles, Passaic; Grammy-winning jazz musician Wayne Shorter; and bandleader/composer Paul Whiteman.

PUBLIC SERVICE

Robert Lee Carter, co-founder of the National Conference of Black Lawyers, Newark; Paul J. McGuire, founder of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America, Camden; Marvin Creamer, Rowan University geography professor; Glassboro; historian John Cunningham, Morristown; Holocaust educator Maude Dahme, Flemington; former Gov. James Florio, Camden, Metuchen; New Jersey's first governor William Livingston; Clara Maass, Nurse, East Orange; "Peace Pilgrim" Mildred Norman Ryder, Egg Harbor; and suffragette Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Tenafly.

SPORTS

Angelo Bertelli, Heisman Trophy winner, Clifton; Houston Astros star Craig Biggio, South Orange; Don Bragg, Olympic pole vaulter, Penns Grove; Olympic figure skating champion and commentator Dick Button, Englewood; Frank Cumiskey, Olympic gymnast, West New York; basketball great Patrick Ewing, Englewood Cliffs; Goose Goslin, Baseball Hall of Famer, Salem; Pop Lloyd, shortstop and player and manager in the Negroes Leagues, Atlantic City; Lacrosse coach Sharon Goldbrenner-Pfluger, Elizabeth; and Amos Alonzo Stagg, West Orange.

 

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