1996 Hall of Fame inductee - Gerard L. Duhamel
“We are proud and honored to dedicate this yearbook of ours, indeed our last official publication, to Vice President Gerard L. Duhamel of Rhode Island Junior College. Duhamel is one of the most respected and sought-after financial officers in our state. He has contributed so much to our college from fiscal preparations, both that which sustains us, and those state bond issues that have built our beautiful campus that the measure of his service is all around us. His work and his efforts have subtly touched all our lives. Mr. Duhamel, the class of 1974 dedicates this yearbook to you as a tribute to all you have done for our college and as a tribute to your gentle, brilliant contributions to all of education in Rhode Island, and because of all the unheralded kindness you have shown to so many of us.”
- From the 1974 RIJC Primus
Gerard L. Duhamel joined the Community College (then RIJC) in 1965 as business manager and treasurer after serving as assistant business manager and personnel director at the University of Rhode Island for 10 years. In 1970, he was promoted to vice president and treasurer of the college.
A highly respected financial officer within the Rhode Island community, Duhamel’s efforts were largely responsible for the passage of the state bond referendum which resulted in the construction of the Knight Campus in Warwick. In recognition of his contributions and dedication to the college community, the class of 1974 dedicated its yearbook to Gerard Duhamel.
The World War II Navy veteran, who passed away in 1975, belonged to the Rhode Island Society of Certified Public Accountants and the Nocturnal Adoration Society of Christ the King Church. He received a bachelor’s degree from Bryant College in 1942 and took graduate courses at the Tuck School of Business Administration at Dartmouth College and at Harvard, Yale and Columbia University.