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University of Delaware Board of Trustees 2013

Trustee Emeriti Biographies

Werner C. Brown is a past chairman of the board of directors and chief executive officer of Hercules, Inc. After receiving his degree in chemistry from Duke University, he began his career as a chemist with Hercules in 1942. Mr. Brown has served on the boards of directors of Diamond State Telephone Company, Delmarva Power & Light Company (vice chairman), Delaware Trust Company, Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia (deputy chairman), and was a member of the board of advisors of the Wilmington Trust Company of Florida. He served on the board of trustees of Duke University (vice chairman). In 1977, he won the International Palladium Medal for his distinguished contributions to the chemical industry. He also served as chairman of the Chemical Manufacturers Association and as chairman of the Plastics Committee. He is a past member of the President's Export Council (Washington, DC) and of the executive council of the Harvard Business School. He was the 1970 chairman of the State of Delaware United Way Campaign. Elected to the Board in 1970, Mr. Brown was named Trustee Emeritus in 1993.

Robert A. Fischer, Jr. was first appointed to the Board of Trustees in 1976 by Governor Tribbitt. A 1970 graduate of the University of Delaware, he is general partner in R. A. Fischer Family LP. Mr. Fischer is a member of the Board of Directors of Bayhealth Medical Center. He has served as secretary–treasurer and vice chairman of the University of Delaware Board of Trustees. He and his wife Linda, a 1970 graduate of the University of Delaware, have three children and live in Lewes, Delaware

Robert W. Gore is a 1959 chemical engineering graduate of the University of Delaware. In 1963, he received his PhD in chemical engineering from the University of Minnesota. He then joined W.L. Gore & Associates as a research engineer, where he developed several technologies, the most important of which is "Gore–Tex,– expanded polytetrafluoroethylene, a material that won the 1985 Prince Phillip's Award for "Plastics in the Service of Mankind." In 1976, Dr. Gore became chief executive officer of W.L. Gore & Associates, Inc., a responsibility he retained until April 2000. He currently serves as chairman of the board of W.L. Gore & Associates, Inc. He has served as a trustee of the University of Delaware Research Foundation, a member of the Advisory Committee of the Department of Chemical Engineering, and as a supporter of the 150th Anniversary Campaign. Three of Dr. Gore's children have received degrees from the University of Delaware. Professionally, Dr. Gore has received recognition, including the College of Engineering Distinguished Alumni Award in 1990, election to the National Academy of Engineers in 1995, and induction into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2006. Dr. Gore was named Trustee Emeritus in 2010.

Sally H. Higgins was elected to the Board of Trustees in 1971. She is a retired educator and guidance counselor and received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Delaware. In 1973, she was named Counselor of the Year by the Delaware Personnel and Guidance Association. She is the former director of guidance at Seaford High School. Mrs. Higgins has served as president of the Delaware School Board Association and the Seaford School Board. In 1988, Mrs. Higgins received the Athena Award for community service from the Greater Seaford Chamber of Commerce and, in 1990, she received the Bernard P. Ireland Award from the College Board in recognition of contributions to the field of counseling. She was a member of the Committee for the Education of Women at the University. Mrs. Higgins was elected Trustee Emerita in 2001.