Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame

Each year, the International Towing & Recovery Hall of Fame & Museum recognizes individuals who have made substantial contributions to the towing and recovery industry. The tradition started in 1986 when the towing and recovery industry realized it was time to display the roots of the profession. Industry professionals came together and selected individuals who made a difference. To honor those chosen few, the Friends of Towing (now ITRHFM) dedicated an entire section of the museum’s walls for portraits of the inductees. Each September a new class is inducted.

Phillip A. Kenny

Elected:       March 24, 1986 Inducted:    June 26, 1986 Born:            June 13, 1930                        Melbourne, Australia Married:      Olga Marlene, June 1, 1960 Children:    Edward Peter       History:     … Read More

H. Olov Ekengard

Elected:       March 24, 1986 Inducted:    June 26, 1986  Born:            May 8, 1925  Married:      Ma. Hilda Arrambide de Cortez  Children:    Hilda, Sonia, Bernabé, Alejandro – Monterrey, Mexico    History:     … Read More

Marvin J. “Sonny” Griffin

Elected:       March 24, 1986 Inducted:    June 26, 1986 Born:            June 3, 1934, Alto, Georgia Married:      Judy H. Griffin Children:    Mike, Phil and Tom                       Chattanooga, Tennessee    … Read More

D. Lynn Churchwell

Elected:       March 24, 1986 Inducted:    June 26, 1986 Born:            April 10, 1909 – Shelbyville, Missouri Married:      Gladys D. Churchwell         Children:    Patricia A. Avis –… Read More

John G. Rogers

Elected:       March 24, 1986 Inducted:    June 26, 1986   Family:        John Rogers was born on October 19, 1939 in Leicester, England.  He is married to Louise Law and… Read More

John L. Hawkins II

Elected:       March 24, 1986 Inducted:    June 26, 1986 Born:            October 2, 1916                        Huntington, West Virginia  Parents:      Frederick M. &                       Anna White Hawkins  Married:      Mildred Chelyan Huffman                       … Read More

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