Vol. 18, No. 8Oct. 22, 1998

Paradee Center dedication recognizes friends' support

At the ribbon-cutting ceremony are (from left): University President David P. Roselle; Vincent Meconi,
secretary of administrative services, state of Delaware; Frankie F. Miller, dean of hospitality and tourism, Trident Technical College;
Eleanor Clement Paradee; and Andrew B. Kirkpatrick Jr., chairman of the UD Board of Trustees.

A standing-room-only audience of family, friends and state and community leaders attended the formal dedication Sunday, Oct. 25, of the W. Charles, Sr. and Eleanor Clement Paradee Center in Dover.

The nearly 10,000-square-foot, contemporary/Georgian style building on Route 113 gives the University increased visibility in the state capital and consolidates several UD operations previously housed in different Dover locations.

During his welcoming remarks, University President David Roselle said the building marks the "unified presence of the University in Kent County [and] also provides a bit of the University's main campus 'feel' right here in Dover. The Trustee Visiting Committee on Architecture played a significant role in the building's design. Our goal was to reflect both the Georgian architecture of the University's Newark campus, as well as the rich architectural heritage of Dover."

The president expressed his appreciation to Eleanor Clement Paradee and her late husband, Charles, for their generous and long-standing support of UD.

"We extend our heartfelt gratitude for your friendship and for your support," Roselle said, calling the Paradees' gift an "endorsement of their trust in the students, faculty and staff of the University, and it is a fitting tribute that this building be named for them."

Vincent Meconi, secretary of administrative services for the state of Delaware, delivered greetings from Gov. Thomas Carper. Meconi referred to the new building as an "excellent example of cooperation" between the state and UD and a "win-win situation." He also noted his pleasure that the state portion of the building is dedicated to state employee training.

At the ceremony, Frankie F. Miller, dean of hospitality and tourism at Trident Technical College in Charleston, S.C., commented on her long-time friendship and professional relationship with the Paradees. Miller said the building was a fitting way to "recognize what the Paradees have done, in quiet ways, for so many people."

She reflected on the Paradees from the perspectives of a professional educator, student and friend.

"This building," she said, "will continue the noteworthy service of the Paradees," describing the late Charles Paradee as a "son of Kent County and a son of Delaware."

Andrew B. Kirkpatrick Jr., chairman of the UD Board of Trustees, said he hoped the new building would "continue the collaboration among educational, business, governmental, civic and corporate institutions throughout Kent County."

Eleanor Clement Paradee and Andrew B. Kirkpatrick Jr. unveil the building plaque.

He expressed his gratitude to Mrs. Paradee for her and her late husband's support and commitment to UD. "The Paradee name will grace this building and, into the future, will serve as a daily reminder of your generosity to all who enter here," he said.

A facsimile of the plaque to be erected at the front of the building was unveiled, and a ribbon-cutting ceremony and reception were held.

The building-located on Route 113 just south of the Blue Hen Mall- has a central entryway flanked by two wings that angle forward, toward a landscaped visitors parking area.

One side of the building houses administrative offices for Cooperative Extension, alumni and University relations and the College of Human Resources, Education and Public Policy, a conference room and an extra office used for visiting UD staff.

The opposite wing has two UD classrooms, two classrooms scheduled and coordinated by the state of Delaware, and a working kitchen available for demonstration programs. There also is a 50-space parking lot.

-Ed Okonowicz
Photo by Duane Perry