Hall of Fame

The Schuyler County Hall of Fame was instituted on June 21, 1995. The inaugural class of eight honorees was inducted on October 27, 1995. Eight categories of distinction guide the Selection Committee in the selection process: Tourism, Healthcare, Government, Education, Public Relations, Historical, Business/Industry, Agriculture/Wine

There may be years when no one is recognized, as the criteria is stringent in order to maintain the integrity of this most prestigious Schuyler County Award. The criteria for selection is as follows: be or have been a resident of Schuyler County; have distinguished himself/herself and in doing so, brought reflected prestige to Schuyler County; and have been actively involved in his/her field for a significant number of years in Schuyler County.

After a one year hiatus, the Schuyler County Hall of Fame is pleased to announce the selection of four new members to be preserved in the Hall on Thursday, October 11, 2018.

After reviewing a number of outstanding nominations from the community, the committee has selected the following individuals for their tremendous contributions to Schuyler County: 

Kathleen A. LaMoreaux Kathleen A. LaMoreaux

  • WGCS Teacher of English (1979-2010)
  • WGHS Varsity Swim Coach (1985-2002); Program Director for Summer Swim Program (1973-2018)
  • WGHS Booster Club(1994-1995) & Elmira Star Gazette Girls’ Coach of the Year (1998-1999)
  • WGHS (2003) & Section IV (2004) Sports Hall of Fame 
  • I.A.C. (2003) & Top Drawer 24 (2017) Lifetime Achievement in Coaching 
  • Watkins-Montour Lions Club (2000-2018); President (2016-2017)
  • St. James’ Episcopal Church:  Vestry (1982-2018) & Warden (1989-2018)

Brian J. O’Donnell Brian J. O’Donnell   

  • Watkins Glen High School Grade 4 Teacher (1969-1980); Middle School Principal (1981-1988); High School Principal (1988-2003); Board of Education Member 2004-2013 (President  2009-2013); PTA Educator of the Year 1988-1989
  • Paul Harris Fellow – Watkins Montour Rotary Club (1999)  
  • Recipient of Jefferson Award for Public Service (2013)   
  • Recipient of Melvin Jones Fellow – Lions Club (2013)
  • Seneca Santa President (1985-1988); United Way President (1991-1993); Friends of Watkins Library President (1996-1998, 2002-2004 and 2014-2016); Northrup Educational Foundation President (2011-2013)
  • Board of Trustees, Watkins Glen Public Library (2004-2013); Vice President (2011-2013) 
  • Board of Directors, Schuyler Hospital Foundation (1999-2000); Watkins Glen Youth Commission (1984-1985)

Judith H. Phillips  Judith H. Phillips

  • Board of Visitors, Elmira Psychiatric Center (1985-2018); President (2018); Past  Secretary
  • American Red Cross Schuyler County Community Volunteer Leader (20172018)
  • Elmira College Presidents Council (2011-2018)
  • Board of Directors, League of Women Voters of Schuyler County (1988-2018); Past President; Secretary (2014-2018) 
  • Board of Directors, Schuyler County Community Services (1982-1993 and 2011-2018)
  • Board of Trustees, Southern Tier Library Foundation (2011-2018); Past President 
  • Volunteer Chair of the Watkins Glen Grand Prix Festival (1993-2018) 
  • Board of Trustees, Watkins Glen Public Library (2002-2018); President (2018) 

Georgie C. Taylor  Georgie C. Taylor

  • President of the Schuyler County Humane Society (2002-2018) 
  • Served as Literacy Volunteer of America (1996-2000)  
  • Chair of the Montour Falls Zoning Board of Appeals (2000-2015)
  • Paul Harris Fellow - Watkins-Montour Rotary Club (2014) 
  • Recipient of Jefferson Award for Public Service (2015)   

The selection of these four individuals brings Schuyler County Hall of Fame membership to a total of 44 people, dating back to the inaugural Class of 1995. Plaques honoring Hall of Fame members can be found on the walls of the first floor hallway in the County Office Building. 

2018 Induction Ceremony: 

The induction ceremony for the newly selected members is Thursday, October 11, 2018 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Seneca Lodge in Watkins Glen, NY. All family and friends are invited to attend this prestigious event to honor these incredible people for their very positive contribution of energy, commitment, and persistence to achieving their vision for Schuyler County. The Brubaker family of Seneca Lodge is sponsoring the induction event with light snacks and hors d’oeuvres. A cash bar is available.  

Overall sponsorship for the Schuyler County Hall of Fame is provided by Schuyler County and the Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce.   

Dennis Fagan, Chair of the Schuyler County Legislature shares, “Schuyler County is proud to lend its assistance to the Hall of Fame and the incredible people whom it honors. The forty-four Hall of Fame inductees represent the best of Schuyler County and it is truly an honor to offer our support.” 

Rebekah Carroll, President and CEO of the Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce, “I too am deeply honored to be a small part of such an historic and touching moment in the times of Schuyler County. These individuals and their families have shaped this community, and they deserve all the recognition that comes with this induction. Congratulations!”

To RSVP for the induction, please contact Anna Rainous at the Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce at 607-535-4300 or email anna@watkinsglenchamber.com by October 8.