Yesterday evening, on 10 March 2012, the National Rowing Foundation (NRF), the governing body of the National Rowing Hall of Fame, inducted nineteen new members into ‘The Hall’. The following athletes were honoured for their individual accomplishments: Jennifer Dore Terhaar (not present), Jeff Klepacki, Robert Kaehler, Mary McCagg, and Elizabeth McCagg Hills. Three crews were honoured for their results: the 1972 Olympic men’s eight and coach, Michael Livingston, Cleve Livingston, William Hobbs, Eugene “Gene” Clapp, Timothy Mickelson, Peter Raymond, Franklin “Fritz” Hobbs (not present), Lawrence “Monk” Terry, Paul Hoffman, and Coach Harry Parker (pic on the right); the 1992 Olympic women’s pair, Anna Seaton and Stephanie Maxwell-Pierson; and the 2000 Olympic men’s pair, Ted Murphy and Sebastian Bea.
This was the second time in its 56-year existence that the National Rowing Hall of Fame hosted a stand-alone induction ceremony. It was held at Latitude 41 Restaurant at Mystic Seaport. The festivities began, however, with a reception party at the Rowing Hall of Fame in the G. W. Blunt White Building where the inductees, their families and friends, together with invited guests, quickly came into a good celebration mood. Many of the U.S. rowing community were present, including some members of the Rowing Hall of Fame. Before the banquet with the induction ceremony started, the inductees nicely lined up for photo shoots in front of gentlemen of the press and family members with cameras. The rowers were placed by Hart Perry’s old dinghy, which the previous evening had been up for auction. This celebration of the rowers was the brainchild of Hart’s and his absents was deeply felt by all, although his spirit will live on as long as there are rowers to be inducted into the “Hall”.
The 1992 Olympic womens’ pair, Stephanie Maxwell-Pierson and Anna Seaton.
The 1972 Olympic men’s eight, from right to left (in the positions they rowed), Michael Livingston, Cleve Livingston, William Hobbs, Gene Clapp, Timothy Mickelson, Peter Raymond, Monk Terry, and Paul Hoffman. 7-seated Fritz Hobbs and Coach Harry Parker not present at the photo shoot.