Chaloupka receives DPI’s Distinguished Citizen Award

May 4, 2011 under CANR News

George Chaloupka receives award from Jim Smith, President of DPI

George Chaloupka, a retired University of Delaware poultry specialist, received the J. Frank Gordy, Sr. Delmarva Distinguished Citizen Award, the Delmarva Poultry Industry’s (DPI) highest honor, at DPI’s 55th annual Booster Banquet, held Wednesday, April 13 in Salisbury, Maryland.

Robin Morgan, dean of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, called Chaloupka, “a truly outstanding Delawarean.” She added, “We are very proud that he worked at the University of Delaware for many years, including serving as Director of the Georgetown Substation, now known as the Research and Education Center. In addition to his service to UD, however, George Chaloupka has an amazing record of community service. He is certainly a distinguished citizen of Delmarva, and it is wonderful to see him recognized by this prestigious award.”

In a DPI press release announcing the award, Chaloupka was cited for his work collecting information about the chicken industry and in the area of recent Delmarva Chicken Festivals, as well as his work on the DPI-produced 1998 history book about Delmarva’s chicken industry. Chaloupka was also credited with conducting research and education beneficial to the chicken industry during his tenure at the University of Delaware, until retiring 20 years ago.

The release also notes that Chaloupka remains active in community affairs, including the Delaware Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation, the Bridgeville Public Library, Little League baseball, the band boosters, and decades of service through the Kiwanis Club of Bridgeville.

Bill Satterfield, executive director of the Delmarva Poultry Industry, noted, “George has made many important contributions to our industry through his University of Delaware research and educational programs, working for a chicken company, and in other ways.”

Satterfield also said, “Thanks to George’s work as the ‘unofficial Delmarva chicken industry historian,’ a lot of information about the history of our industry has been retained and is available to future use. His efforts have allowed thousands of people not familiar with the industry to better understand how we have evolved to an industry that is helping feed the world.”

Mark Isaacs, assistant professor of plant and soil sciences and director of the Carvel Research and Education Center, commented on the award, saying “George was our extension poultry specialist prior to serving as our facility Director his last five years. His leadership and commitment to our poultry industry and to the University of Delaware was outstanding. Winning the Delmarva Distinguished Citizen Award is truly deserving for George’s exceptional commitment to sustaining and promoting our Delmarva poultry industry.”