KINGSTON, R.I. -- On Saturday, Oct. 17, URI Athletics Hall of Famer Anthony J. Rose Jr. will be honored at the University’s 10th Annual Distinguished Awards Gala. The event honors alumni and friends of URI who have brought distinction to themselves and the University through their professional achievements, outstanding leadership and community service.
Rose will receive the inaugural Athletic Director’s Distinguished Achievement Award. The award is presented to individuals who demonstrate a commitment to:
- Exceptional Leadership
- Noteworthy engagement with the University through supporting scholarship and student-athlete experiences
- Contribute to the sustainability and future of the University through volunteerism and philanthropic endeavors
- Professional recognition to the betterment of industry and community
In 2013, Rose was inducted into the Athletics Hall of Fame, recognizing his efforts on the playing fields and as a philanthropist for the University. An All-State football, basketball and track star out of Bound Brook, N.J. Rose competed in all three sports at URI when he arrived in Kingston in the fall of 1951. He played for head coaches and fellow Athletics Hall of Famers Hal Kopp (football) and Fred Tootell (track).
In September, 1952, Rose received military notice and spent two years with the United States Marine Corps. Despite being re-recruited to the Rams’ football program for the fall of 1954, Rose decided instead to embark on a highly successful business career in Wakefield, R.I. He started at Technical Industries, Inc. in 1955 before purchasing the company in 1967.
Rose also served as the director of Washington Trust Bancorp from 1971-2000, serving on the trust, finance, building, and executive committee. In 1979, Rose established the River Bend Athletic Club - the first health club to open in the state of Rhode Island. A full-service health and fitness club, it is the largest family-owned health club in the state.
An integral and continuous supporter of the University, Rose received the Alumni Association’s Ram Award for Meritorious Service in 1989 and was awarded an honorary doctorate in 1991. Among his many other philanthropic endeavors at URI, Rose has established endowment funds for academic scholarships, the university library, and the athletics department.