Richard J. Reynolds '31, '32 A.M.
Hometown: Providence, RI
Year Inducted: 1981
Richard J. Reynolds ’31, ’32 A.M. will go down inhistory as Rhode Island’s greatest authority on dinner menus.In his 32-year career as schoolboy sports editor of theProvidence Journal-Bulletin, Dick estimated that heattended 15,000 sports banquets. Of greater importance is the factthat in those years he became one of Rhode Island’s greatestambassadors of good will. A witty man and a marvelous after dinnerspeaker, Reynolds is a person without pretensions and always madehimself the butt of his jokes. Gene Buonaccorsi, sports editor ofthe Providence Journal, said that as a writer DickReynolds was “a craftsman without peer” and added thathe was capable of presenting the everyday experiences of athletesin a warm, interesting manner. This figures because Reynolds, whomade his arena the playing fields and locker rooms of high schoolfrom one end of the state to the other, always thought ofschoolboys as persons first and athletes second. It was DickReynolds who brought Rhode Island front and center on theinternational stage in a pioneer role of People-to-Peoplediplomacy. The People-to-People Committee was a sleepy Washingtonagency with a small budget and no particular reason for being whenReynolds wrote to Senator Hubert Humphrey in 1962 and got the greenlight to initiate a program that eventually sent R.I. athletes on45 trips to foreign countries during the next decade and broughtforeign teams to this state. It was some story – the quietsports writer turned part-time diplomat. The graduate of Hope Highearned a Phi Beta Kappa key at Brown and was a Francis WaylandScholar. In 1939 he returned to his Alma Mater as Brown’sfirst full-time director of sports information. His name isindelibly inscribed on the rolls of the R.I. Football Coaches Hallof Fame, the R.I. Tennis Coaches Hall of Fame, and in the hearts ofthousands of young men, now grown to maturity, who grew upfollowing high school sports through the writings of Dick Reynolds.The man has truly made a life beyond a living.