New Jersey native and rock star Deborah (Debbie) Harry, a former student at Centenary University (then known as Centenary College) in the early 1960s, has been elected to the New Jersey Hall of Fame. Harry went to Centenary for a year, but did not graduate, instead gravitating to the scene in Greenwich Village where she began her musical career. Harry, performing for many years with the band Blondie, has amassed an illustrious award-winning musical career. Born Angela Tremble on July 1, 1945, she still performs. She’ll be inducted on May 6 at the Convention Hall in Asbury Park. In addition to Harry, this year’s Hall of Fame inductees include:
- ARTS & LETTERS: Author Harlan Coben and author and journalist Anna Quindlen.
- ENTERPRISE: Real Estate executive Jon Hanson, publishing executive Steve Forbes, businessman Joe Buckelew, and celebrity chef Cake Boss, Buddy Valastro.
- PERFORMING ARTS: Actress Meryl Streep, musician and actor Steven Van Zandt, the band The Four Seasons including members Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito, Nick Massi and Joe Long, singer Gloria Gaynor, and Debbie Harry.
- PUBLIC SERVICE: Astronauts Mark and Scott Kelly, nurse Clara Maass and politician Millicent Fenwick.
- SPORTS: Major League Baseball player Al Leiter and runner Mary Decker.