Thomas Edgar Hazlehurst
Thomas Edgar Hazlehurst
Hometown: Providence, RI
Team: Sailing

Thomas Edgar Hazlehurst '56
Hometown:
Providence, RI
Sport:
Sailing
Year Inducted:
1978

Thomas Edgar Hazelhurst ’56 won all the Rhode Island, New England, and national sailing titles during his four undergraduate years and was a finalist for selection to the U.S. Olympic sailing team. In 1972, the three-time Brown captain was elected to the Intercollegiate Yacht Racing Association’s Hall of Fame. Tom Hazelhurst first started sailing at Edgewood Yacht Club at age 11. He won the Edgewood Junior title, and in Junior national competition he finished fifth in 1949 and 4th in 1952. In 1950, the 15-year-old skipper took the Narragansett Bay Junior title, a championship he won again in 1954 as a senior. In both 1954 and 1956 he was the winning skipper in the Narragansett Bay Mallory Cup eliminations. An outstanding sailor during his Brown years, Tom Hazelhurst and John Quinn were the mainstays of a Brown team that just missed winning the North American Inter-Collegiate Sailing Championships. That 1955-56 group, however, did clean up in silverware. In the fall, the dinghy team won 11 of 13 regattas, captured the New England Fall Championships, and came in first for the Angsten Trophy at Chicago, symbolic of Midwestern sailing supremacy. That same year Brown also won these prized trophies: Jeff Davis, Jack Wood, and Sherman Hoyt. The only sour note on the season was that at the Nationals in Detroit, the Bruins lost by a single point when a Brown crew was disqualified for fouling the starters boat in the 32nd and final race. In the summer of 1956, Hazelhurst won the Olympic single-handed trials and thought he had earned a trip to Australia. However, the Olympic committee decided there should e a run-off series involving the top four skippers, and Hazelhurst was nosed out by John Marvin, who won a Bronze medal in Melbourne. Tom Hazelhurst has continued to sail and derived some satisfaction a few years ago when he beat Ted Turner by 26 seconds in a Congressional Cup race. Hazelhurst has been president of the Narragansett Bay Yachting Association and rear commodore of the East Greenwich Yacht Club. He serves as chief executive officer of Potter-Hazelhurst, a major Providence advertising firm. Tom and his wife, Alice, have three daughters: Lynn, Nancy, and Pam.