CANR alumni honored on UD Wall of Fame

June 20, 2011 under CANR News, Events

At the Alumni Wall of Fame induction ceremony are (seated, from left) Patricia Orris Robertson, Rita Mariani Landgraf, Nancy Karibjanian and Suzanne McMahon Sears; and (standing, from left) Alumni Association President Alan Brayman, Edgar N. Johnson Jr., Theresa Catherine Adams Masek, who spoke on behalf of her late father Leon W. Adams Sr., Douglas Blonsky and UD President Patrick T. Harker. Not present were John E. Eckerson, James H. Miller and John W. Morgan III.

Two CANR alumni were among ten University of Delaware alumni who were honored for their exceptional achievements by being inducted into the Alumni Wall of Fame in a ceremony on June 4, 2011 as part of Alumni Weekend festivities. Leon W. Adams Sr. earned his bachelor’s degree in agriculture in 1941. After serving in the U.S. Army Air Corps, he returned to Delaware, eventually opening an insurance agency in Newark. In 1986, he earned the industry’s highest honor, “Agent of the Year” by the Travelers Insurance. He was a lifelong supporter of the University and Blue Hen football. Mr. Adams died in 2009. Douglas Blonsky earned his bachelor’s degree in plant science from UD in 1981. Since 2004, he has served as president of New York City’s Central Park Conservancy, with official oversight of the park’s day-to-day operations and maintenance, including $350 million in capital projects. Under his leadership, a number of noteworthy restoration projects have been completed at the park. He serves as host to UD students and faculty visiting Central Park and has returned to campus several times to meet with students.

Learn more about the honorees by reading the full UDaily article posted online.

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