The International Swimming Hall of Fame
The International Swimming Hall of Fame Newsletter
February 2011

Celebrate ISHOF and 100 Years of
Swimming History in Fort Lauderdale.


Join Us For ISHOF's Biggest Celebration Ever.


The 47th International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF) Induction Dinner will be part of the City of Fort Lauderdale's Centennial Celebration to Celebrate Fort Lauderdale's Famous Beach and Swimming & Diving Heritage. Other events include a Swimming Community Outreach effort in the Tri-County area to promote Water Safety for Families in South Florida, the AT&T/USA Diving Grand Prix, a 10K Open Water Race, and a Guinness World Record dive attempt into 12" of water by Professor Splash and a Cultural Festival to celebrate Asian Pacific Heritage Month. Read more...


Where's My Yearbook?


Good question.  Sorry to say our small staff has been slammed this year with work, but your patience will pay off as this is the best one yet.  It's at the printers and will be mailed out shortly.  


Water Polo and Basketball Legend 
Cesare Rubini of Italy dies at 87



Rubini held the distinct and unparalleled honor of being inducted into two international Halls of Fame in two sports that could not be farther apart except for one common thread - the size of your hands.  Water polo and basketball - two sports where the ability to palm and control the ball is an advantage to winning games.  Whether in or out of the water, he was a winner of games and hearts.  His involvement and influence went far beyond the depth of the water or the length of the court. 

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Philanthropist Fred M. Kirby II,

A Longtime Supporter of ISHOF, Passes Away


Fred KirbyFred M. Kirby II, a long-time friend and supporter who served as both a Director and Trustee of the International Swimming Hall of Fame and who was the 1986 recipient of ISHOF's Gold Medallion, has passed away on February 8th, at the age of 91.

Kirby, was three sport varsity athlete at Lafayette College in swimming, wrestling and was a star on the school's last undefeated football team. After graduation he served in the Navy during WWII, then attended Harvard Business School and went to work for a chemical company before succeeding his father as president of Alleghany, an insurance and investment company that produced a 15 percent annualized return for shareholders from the time he took the helm of the company in 1967 until he retired from the board in 2007 at the age of 88. Read more...