Rest in Peace Tom Scanlon

Tom Scanlon
Tom Scanlon

Tom Scanlon was inducted into the Cleveland International Hall of Fame (CIHF) in 2014 by none other than Sam Miller.  Sadly, Tom passed away Sunday morning. 

Tom practiced law in Northeastern Ohio starting in 1963.  Tom Scanlon’s civic and charitable affiliations include a number reflecting his Irish heritage such as leadership roles and memberships in Ancient Order of Hibernians in America, Inc., The Brehon Law Society of Cleveland (Founding Member), Irish American Archives Society (Secretary-Board Member), Irish-American Charitable Foundation (Board Member), Irish Heritage and Cultural Center (life member) and the Mayo Society of Greater Cleveland (Board Member).

But he was affiliated with non-Irish organizations as well such as Centers for Families and Children, Cleveland Marshall Law Alumni Association, Cleveland Pops Orchestra, Cleveland State University Alumni Association, Greater Cleveland Sports Commission, Junior League, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of America, Northern Ohio Chapter and West Side Ecumenical Ministry.

For about 40 years he and his firm hosted a St. Patrick’s Day Party that was legendary.  Tom did the paperwork to get the CIHF our 501c3 non-profit status.  He was always willing to lend a hand.  He will be greatly missed by both the Irish and broader community. 

As the Irish say, “Until we meet again, May God Hold you in the palm of his hand. “

Photos and video of Tom Scanlon’s CIHF induction.


Cleveland International Hall of Fame
What a Night!

Since 2010, the Cleveland International Hall of Fame (CIHF) has inducted people who have made significant and lasting contributions to our multicultural society. Cleveland is home to people representing about 120 different ethnic groups. The CIHF exists not only to honor those special people but also to inspire a new generation of leaders to follow in their footsteps.

Over 150 worthy candidates were nominated for both the 2020 and 2022 Classes of the Cleveland International Hall of Fame. The selection committee was advised by previously inducted members of the Cleveland International Hall of Fame.

Covid-19 forced the always sold out induction ceremonies to be cancelled in 2020 and 2021. We tried to induct the 2020 class virtually but it was not the same. So once we were able to gather together again, we included the 2020 class in the induction ceremony along with the 2022 class on June 7, 2022. The event at Windows on the River was a sell out and the 2020 class finally got their moment in the spotlight.

2022 Class of the Cleveland International Hall of Fame
Seated (l-r) Anda Cook, Taras Szmagala
Standing – Victor Ruiz, Carl Robson MD

The 2022 honorees are:

Anda Cook, (Latvian)
Carl Robson, (Ethiopian community)
Victor Ruiz, (Puerto Rican)
Taras Szmagala, (Ukrainian)


In addition, we recognized the 2020 inductees who missed out on their ceremony due to Covid.

2020 Class of the Cleveland International Hall of Fame
Seated (l-r) Margaret Lynch, May Chen, Valarie McCall
Standing Berj Shakarian, Joe Valencic, Ramesh Shah

May Chen (Chinese)
Margaret Lynch (Irish)
Valarie McCall (African-American)
Ramesh Shah (Indian)
Berj Shakarian (Armenian)
Joe Valencic (Slovenian)

Click on the name of the person above to view their photo, bio and see their induction into the Cleveland International Hall of Fame.

See photos and videos from the Induction Ceremony

MC Dawn Kendrick

See photos of some of the attendees – who do you recognize?

Teevi Champa, Oanh Loi-Powell and Erika Puussaar
in Estonian and Vietnamese grab


Save the Date – April 18, 2023 for the next induction ceremony!


Thank you Mayor Bibb

Thank you Council President Blaine Griffin


Celebrating Cleveland’s Diversity

  • Mona Alag and Sudarshan Sathe
    Mona Alag and Sudarshan Sathe
    Mona Alag and Sudarshan Sathe
  • Jim Craciun and Councilman Matt Zone
    Jim Craciun and Councilman Matt Zone
    Jim Craciun and Councilman Matt Zone
  • August Pust and Marianna Miller
    August Pust and Marianna Miller
    August Pust and Marianna Miller
  • Dr. Nizar Zein and Dr. Wael Khoury
    Dr. Nizar Zein and Dr. Wael Khoury
    Dr. Nizar Zein and Dr. Wael Khoury
  • Ki Kim inducting his father Seung (Sam) Kim in 2017
    Ki Kim inducting his father Seung (Sam) Kim in 2017
    Ki Kim inducting his father Seung (Sam) Kim in 2017
  • Basil Russo with daughter and son-in-law
    Basil Russo with daughter and son-in-law
    Basil Russo with daughter and son-in-law
  • 2017 Class of the Cleveland International Hall of Fame
    2017 Class of the Cleveland International Hall of Fame
    2017 Class of the Cleveland International Hall of Fame
  • Dan Coughlin and 2016 inductee Jack Kahl
    Dan Coughlin and 2016 inductee Jack Kahl
    Dan Coughlin and 2016 inductee Jack Kahl
  • 2016 Inductee Khalid Samad and Director Blaine Griffin
    2016 Inductee Khalid Samad and Director Blaine Griffin
    2016 Inductee Khalid Samad and Director Blaine Griffin
  • 2016 Class of the Cleveland International Hall of Fame
    2016 Class of the Cleveland International Hall of Fame
    2016 Class of the Cleveland International Hall of Fame
  • 2015 Class of the Cleveland International Hall of Fame
    2015 Class of the Cleveland International Hall of Fame
    2015 Class of the Cleveland International Hall of Fame
  • 2011 Class of the Cleveland International Hall of Fame
    2011 Class of the Cleveland International Hall of Fame
    2011 Class of the Cleveland International Hall of Fame
  • Induction Dinner 2015 Kona Grant and members of the Scottish community
  • Induction Dinner 2015 Mona Alag and friends
  • Induction Dinner 2015 Jim Foster and Dick Pogue
  • Induction Dinner 2015 Gene Bak being presented flowers

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