Peter Lindtner received the first Dean’s Alumni Award for Service to the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Delaware’s Forum & Reunion weekend on June 4.
The award recognizes an alumnus of the CANR who has an outstanding record of service to the college through mentoring, guest lectures, or other activities.
Lindtner received his master’s degree in plant science from the University in 1981. He was nominated for the award by Chuck Mason, professor of entomology and wildlife ecology, one of his thesis advisers at UD.
“It is truly an honor to present the first ever dean’s award for service to Peter. His enthusiasm has been instrumental in keeping our apiology program alive,” said Robin Morgan, dean of the college.
Lindtner has been involved with the UD’s apiculture program for nearly 30 years. Last year, while the University was awaiting the arrival of a new beekeeper, Lindtner volunteered to help the five bee colonies survive the winter.
“Peter was visibly upset that bees might disappear from our Newark farm operation, even temporarily, and immediately volunteered his time and resources to keep our colonies happy and healthy,” said Doug Tallamy, chairperson of the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology. “His energy and enthusiasm for beekeeping and his feelings for the history and importance of our bee colonies was infective.”
Lindtner recently retired from a 31-year career as a horticulturist at the Hagley Museum in Wilmington, where he lives. He continues to work alongside Deborah Delaney, assistant professor of entomology and wildlife ecology, to care for and expand the bee colonies at UD.
Lindtner has frequently served as a consultant on student research projects at UD. He recently donated eight photos that are currently on display in the CANR as part of a pollinator awareness exhibit.
He is working on a book about identifying honey plants, which will receive joint sponsorship from UD and Hagley Museum.
Article by Chelsea Caltuna
Photo by Danielle Quigley
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