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  • Alex Greer
    Alex Greer
    M.S. '12 and Ph.D. '15 - Experience in quick response fieldwork, teaching emergency management.
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  • Andrew Haines
    Andrew Haines
    MPA '03 – An accomplished local government leader and appointed official.
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  • Chunjing Liu
    Chunjing Liu
    M.S. '14 – On the front lines of marine disaster mitigation through effective policy planning in China.
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  • Cimone Philpotts
    Cimone Philpotts
    MPA '13 - Assistantship and Legislative Fellows experiences enrich doctoral student's blossoming career
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  • Gwen Angalet
    Gwen Angalet
    Ph.D. '00 - Ensuring programmatic and research opportunities for the promotion of children's health.
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  • Hira Rashid
    Hira Rashid
    M.A. '15 – Fulbright scholar now in the Ph.D. program studying global health economics and urbanization.
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  • Hsien-Ho (Ray) Chang
    Hsien-Ho (Ray) Chang
    Ph.D. '15 - Utilizing his knowledge of disaster science to educate students on fire and emergency management.
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  • James B. Goetschius
    James B. Goetschius
    Ph.D. '14 - Serves in the U.S. Army improving health care facilities in the eastern United States.
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  • Jenna Ahner
    Jenna Ahner
    B.A. and MPA '14 - Provides support for legislative and external affairs.
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  • John Carney
    John Carney
    MPA '86 – Newly elected Governor of the State of Delaware
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  • Kelsey Edmond
    Kelsey Edmond
    M.S. '14 - OCL program prepared her for success in the MPA program in pursuit of an interdisciplinary career.
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  • Lindsey Interlante
    Lindsey Interlante
    MPA '07 - Advocates for enriched, hands-on learning experiences at higher education institutions.
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  • Meredith Rubin
    Meredith Rubin
    B.A. '11 - Practicing leadership and collaboration in the financial services sector.
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  • Paige Gugerty
    Paige Gugerty
    B.A. '15 - Coordinating electronic connections bewteen healthcare providers and resources.
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  • Paul Ruiz
    Paul Ruiz
    B.A. and M.A. '13 - Advocating for alternative fuels and reducing America's dependence on oil.
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  • Stephanie Ottino
    Stephanie Ottino
    B.S. '11 - Executing leadership skills in higher education.
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  • Tom DeWire
    Tom DeWire
    MPA '04 - Developing strategies for education systems to improve student achievement.
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  • Yuliya Brel
    Yuliya Brel
    M.A. '15 - Continuing her public policy education and assisting with research at the University of Delaware.
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  • Megan Wakelee
    Megan Wakelee
    B.S. '11 - Executing leadership in a corporate setting.
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  • Zack Adinoff
    Zack Adinoff
    M.S. '13 - Experience in coordinating public safety, logistics, planning, and general disaster continuity.
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  • Jissell Martinez
    Jissell Martinez
    MPA '10 - Manages fiscal affairs and serves as a liaison for the Dept of Languages, Literatures and Cultures
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  • Scott Beale
    Scott Beale
    MPA '07 - Successful nonprofit entrepreneur with experience in diplomacy and national politics.
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  • Matthew Garlipp
    Matthew Garlipp
    B.A. '13 - Enabling federal transparency and accountability via open, accessible, and standardized budget data
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  • Merritt Burke IV
    Merritt Burke IV
    MPA '98 - Various experiences in town management and community involvement.
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  • Ryan Burke
    Ryan Burke
    Ph.D. '15 - Vast experience with military strategy and conducting military research.
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  • Allison Becker
    Allison Becker
    B.A. '13 and M.A. '15 - Experienced and published media policy researcher.
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  • Serita Porter
    Serita Porter
    M.A. '15 - Continuing her behavioral health education at the University of Delaware.
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  • Kirsten Jones
    Kirsten Jones
    M.A. '16 - Contributing to policies that strengthen transportation and trade in New York and New Jersey.
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  • Elizabeth Burland
    Elizabeth Burland
    M.A. '15 - Studying for a doctoral degree in Sociology and Public Policy at the University of Michigan.
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  • Elizabeth Lockman
    Elizabeth Lockman
    M.A. '15 - Delaware state senator with roots in advocacy.
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  • Thomas Martin
    Thomas Martin
    Ph.D. '14 - Directing the M.S. in Health Informatics program in the College of Public Health at Temple Univ.
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  • Savannah Edwards
    Savannah Edwards
    MPA '17 - Planning for sustainable and complete communities in Delaware and Maryland.
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  • Scott Murphy Eisenhart
    Scott Murphy Eisenhart
    MPA '17 - Legislative aide credits SPPA experience for helping him excel in the world of politics and policy.
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  • Taylor Hawk
    Taylor Hawk
    MPA '17 - Graduate's policy analysis and research aims to improve education funding.
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  • Evan Miller
    Evan Miller
    MPA '17 - Local Government Management Fellowship kickstarts graduate's professional career.
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  • Natasha R. Nau
    Natasha R. Nau
    MPA '12 - Advocating for efficient resource allocation and streamlined service delivery in local government.
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  • Katelyn Andrews (Hosey)
    Katelyn Andrews (Hosey)
    MPA '16 - Research assistant and Legislative Fellow experience help inform grad's career trajectory.
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  • Emma Odren
    Emma Odren
    MPA '18 - From IPA fellow to research analyst, grad attributes workplace success to grad school experience.
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  • Fratern Masika Tarimo
    Fratern Masika Tarimo
    MPA '09 - Supports nonprofit efforts to help communities in many African countries.
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  • Laura Keeley
    Laura Keeley
    Laura Keeley found success working as an Architectural Historian after graduating from the Public Planning and
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  • Jeremy Rothwell
    Jeremy Rothwell
    M.A. '14, HP Cert '15 - Technical review of all city site-plans, subdivision and building permit applications.
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  • Alexandra Tarantino
    Alexandra Tarantino
    Alexandra Tarantino is a University of Delaware Alumni who graduated from the Historic Preservation Master's p
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  • Mark D Stevens
    Mark D Stevens
    MPA '09 – Integral in the leadership and financial management of federal agencies.
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  • Angela Gladwell
    Angela Gladwell
    M.A. ’98 – Instrumental in environmental planning and federal emergency management decision making.
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  • Courtney Mogavero
    Courtney Mogavero
    B.S. '12 – Translating leadership education into a successful early career path in major tech corporations.
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  • Janet Sheridan
    Janet Sheridan
    M.A. '07 - Providing heritage preservation services, and cultural landscape research in southern New Jersey.
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  • Melanie Ross Levin
    Melanie Ross Levin
    B.A. and MPA '05 – Developing education and advocacy campaigns on public policy relating to women's issues.
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  • Dená Brummer
    Dená Brummer
    MPA '05 – Successful private sector business partner drawing upon public sector experiences.
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  • Eric Anthony Johnson
    Eric Anthony Johnson
    Ph.D. '03 – Revitalizing a community through the application of theory and practical experience.
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  • David Rudder
    David Rudder
    Ph.D. '03 – Practicing effective leadership to academic programs that promote service to the community.
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  • Erin Kennedy
    Erin Kennedy
    MPA '06 – Drives health care organizations towards improving quality of patient care and clinical outcomes.
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  • Tom Friedman
    Tom Friedman
    MPA '07 – Manages government relations, strategic & financial plan, and policy analysis for State Health Plan.
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  • Mike Morton
    Mike Morton
    MPA '86 – Oversees budgetary analysis and legislative information systems for the Delaware General Assembly.
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  • Jonathan Kirch
    Jonathan Kirch
    MPA '07 – Advocating for public policy that promotes better health for all Americans.
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  • Albert Shields
    Albert Shields
    MPA '07 – Developing strategies to best communicate Governor Carney's positions on diverse policy issues.
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  • Kim Gomes
    Kim Gomes
    MPA '04 – Strategically lobbying for client interests on a number of policy issues.
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  • Erika Farris
    Erika Farris
    M.A. '09 – Developing policies to better manage water drainage and promote environmental sustainability.
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  • Mike Fortner
    Mike Fortner
    MPA '02 – Overseeing city planning for housing, land use, economic development, and transportation.
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  • Emily Gonce
    Emily Gonce
    MPA '02 – Leading lobbying efforts to show members of Congress the value of life insurance to constituents.
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  • Bill Clark
    Bill Clark
    MPA '03 – Supervising a team of consultants to support projects for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
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  • Anastasia Kuzmina
    Anastasia Kuzmina
    MPA '02 – Supporting two general managers with product and employee management in 14 countries.
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  • Barrett Edwards
    Barrett Edwards
    MPA '06 – Assisting municipalities with legal issues including planning, human resources, and finance.
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  • Benjamin Attia
    Benjamin Attia
    MEEP'16 - Research and consulting on market trends in solar photvoltaics markets in Africa and the Middle East
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  • Wei-Ming Chen
    Wei-Ming Chen
    Conducting renewable energy and electricity market researches
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  • Michelle Kung
    Michelle Kung
    PHDUAPP'14 - Promoting innovation and technology through mentoring and investing technology startups
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Remembering Buildings of the Past

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Rest in Pieces Series

Featured previously in Catherine Morrissey’s “Rest in Pieces” series on Facebook, these Historic Delaware buildings were unfortunately demolished. Even though some of these buildings are the last of their kind in Delaware, decay and vacancy causes them to be destroyed so new architecture can be created.

As many of you know, CHAD was awarded a highly competitive grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) to digitize our collection -- and these postings will provide a glimpse of some of the materials being digitized from our collection!

Jehu M. Reed House

Jehu M. Reed House

First up, the Jehu M. Reed House was significant on several accounts. For more than 200 years, from 1685 through 1912, the property maintained an association with the Reed family, a well-known Central Delaware family. Constructed in 1771, the house expanded in 1868 to both accommodate and express the lifestyle of Jehu M. Reed, an agricultural pioneer and benefactor whose advances and techniques in farming helped foster Delaware's peach and apple industry. Additionally, the house stood as an exemplary blend of rural Mid-Atlantic architecture that melded the original fabric of a Georgian structure with a mid-to-late nineteenth century Italianate/Victorian plantation. [Documented February 2000, demolished 2017]

Wermuller-Clyde House

​Wertmuller-Clyde House

Up next is the Wertmuller-Clyde house, located on the grounds of the Claymont Steel Company on Philadelphia Pike. Built in three periods between 1780 and 1850, the brick section was the oldest portion of the dwelling. Sarah Robinson and her husband Richard Peters built the house as a hall-parlor plan. The period II stone section (c. 1803) of the dwelling was built by Swedish painter Adolph-Ulrich Wertmuller and his wife Elizabeth. The stone section was also built with a two-room plan on the first floor, adding more public and private space to the house, while reorienting the dwelling to face Philadelphia Pike. Both Adolph and Elizabeth died in 1811, and the property was used as a tenant farm until 1835. Thomas and Rebecca Clyde purchased the property, and began a major rebuilding campaign around 1850. These changes included the reworking of the interior configuration, stylistic updates, raising portions of the roof, and the addition of the attached one-story frame kitchen wing. In 1918 the property was purchased by the Worth family, as part of their plans to erect a major steel factory and adjacent workers housing. The house sat in the center of the industrial complex and was used over the course of the twentieth century as a dwelling and later offices. The industrial complex was sold many times over the course of the twentieth century; in 2013 the owner (Evraz Group) announced the site would be permanently closed. [Documented 2008, demolished 2016].

Chipman Sweet Potato

Chipman Sweet Potato House 

We are throwing this one all the way back to 1988 with a representative of one of my favorite building types found throughout Sussex County--the Chipman sweet potato house. Nominated to the National Register as part of the historic context "Sweet Potato Houses of Sussex County" at the time it was one of the last surviving sweet potato houses with much of its interior still intact. These outbuildings were built all over Sussex County from 1900s-1940s as the production of sweet potatoes boomed. It was built in 1913 by the Chipmans and "represented a high style of sweet potato house." The Chipman sweet potato house had several key architectural features that made it a sweet potato house--it was two-and-a-half stories in height, had an interior heat source (for keeping the sweet potatoes a consistent temperature), double interior walls, with storage bins on the first and second floors. [Documented 1988 and 2014, demolished 2016-2017]

Thomas England House

Thomas England House

One of Michael Emmon’s favorite nominations is Smyrna's "Woodlawn," also known as the Thomas England House -- lost in 2017. Woodlawn's National Register nomination declared it "the most literal and monumental expression of the Greek Revival style in Delaware" due to its grandiose 1853 temple front. Yet its history and architecture was deep and layered, and rear portions of the house dated originally to at least 1741. During demolition, the suspicions of earlier architectural historians were confirmed -- the rearmost section of the house was of 'plank' (log) construction, representing a very early and rarely-surviving construction type in Delaware. Subsequent additions included brick and frame construction, with interesting adaptations to retain a cohesive interior floorplan. During the 20th century, Woodlawn was used as a candy store, and later, as a well-known restaurant, the Thomas England House -- adding another layer of nostalgia and significance for many Delawareans. Still, the building was destroyed in July 2017 -- and it now sits vacant with a sign advertising the lot as a development opportunity. [Documented 1982 and 2017, demolished 2017 ]

Cann Farm

Cann Farm 

Originally documented in 2001, the Cann Farm in Glasgow, is our next "Rest in Pieces" featured property. The Cann family established several farms in the Glasgow area in the nineteenth century, and this was the last extant farm associated with them. The farm had many outbuildings that reflected the nature of agricultural production in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries typical in this region. Development plans in 2001 called for the demolition of a majority of the complex including the cow barn, dairy barn, machine sheds, milk house, storage building, chicken house, privy, and carriage house. At the time, the house and granary were to be retained. Fast forward to 2015, when a demolition permit was requested for the house. The brick dwelling was built between 1820-1836 and featured at least four construction periods. The first floor featured a three-room plan, with two doors on the front facade. The property was owned by the Cann family until 1947. At that time (2015) the granary was already demolished, and the house soon followed. [Documented 2001 and 2015, demolished 2017?]

Sunnbrook Cottage

​Sunnybrook Cottage 

Our last featured property is Sunnybrook Cottage also known as the Henry Clark House. Sometimes we document high profile, well known houses like the Jehu Reed House or the Thomas England House. Other times we record historic structures where their demolition goes relatively unnoticed and without too much historic research done. This unfortunately is the case with Sunnybrook Cottage. The core of Sunnybrook is likely a circa 1800-1850 stone house, expanded in a couple of phases. Scott over at the Mill Creek History Blog (…/the-henry-clark-woollen-m…) has done some research on the nineteenth century history of the house. But what fascinated us the most, was its early twentieth century use as a "Tuberculous Preventorium." Opened in October of 1919 children exposed to TB (but who had not contracted the disease) were sent to Sunnybrook (see attached newspaper article about its opening). This is likely when the large Doric second floor sleeping porch was added to the stone dwelling. Sunnybrook continued to be used as an anti-TB site until it was turned over to the Delaware Commission for the Blind in 1950. The building functioned as a nursery school for blind children for much of the twentieth century. The property is owned by Blindsight Delaware today. [Documented 2014, demolished 2015]

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