Past Delaware Governor

( Information submitted by Governor Dale Wolf )

      Dale E. Wolf was born in Kearney, Nebraska on September 6, 1924, the son of Harry and Irene Wolf. Dale was raised in Kearney and later attended the University of Nebraska in Lincoln where he graduated with a BS in Agriculture.

      As World War II broke out Dale enlisted in the Army and became part of the artillary. He serviced in a number of location during the war. His unit was assigned to become part of what has become known as the Battle of Okinawa. For his brave actions during this battle Dale received a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart.

      After the war Dale went on to receive his Ph. D. from Rutgers University. After receiving this degree he became an Associate Professor at Rutgers University and shortly there after he took a position with the agriculture research division of the DuPont Company. Receiving this position is what led Dale to his future home in the State of Delaware.

      He held a number of different positions in Planning, Research, Marketing and General Management with DuPont. While part of the DuPont team, he attended the Stanford Business School's Executive Development Program from which he graduated in 1963.

      He eventually became the Chairman of the Board of DuPont's Pharmaceutical Business and head (Group Vice President) of the Agriculture business. The agriculture business was the most international of DuPont's various efforts with particularly large sales in Japan, France, Germany, Africa and the Soviet Union.

      He also held the postion of Chairman of the National Agriculture Chemical Association (NACA) and Chairman of the International Agriculture Chemical Association (GIFAP) and served as a member of the Board of the Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Association (PMA).

      He left DuPont in 1987 to accept an appointment from Governor Michael Castle of Delaware as Director of Development, responsible for the capital budget, housing for the poor, tourism and economic development, for the state.

      In 1988 he was chosen as the Republican nominee for the Office of Lt. Governor of Delaware to run with Delaware's current Governor Michael Castle. Mike Castle was elected to his second term to become Delaware's 76th Governor and Dale Wolf was elected as Delaware's 23rd Lt. Governor. He was inaugurated into the office of Lt. Governor on January 20, 1989.

      As Lt. Governor, he chaired the Senate, the Pardons Board, was Chairman of the Drug and Alcohol Abuse Coordinating Council and also Chairman of the Adult Literacy Council. In 1989 President George Bush appointed him to the Intergovernmental Policy Advisory Committee (IGPAC).

      On December 31, 1992 Governor Michael N. Castle resigned the office of Governor due to being elected as Delaware's lone Congressman during the same years election. On that same day Dale Wolf was sworn in to become Delaware's 77th Governor and served through January 19, 1993.

      After leaving public office Dale has gone on to serve in many capacities. He is currently Chairman of Daynel International, a consultant group that assists companies interested in doing business in China, Vice Chairman of the Board and on the Governance Committee of the publicly held (NASDAQ) WSFS Bank (reelected to the Board for a three year term in April, 2002) in Wilmington, Delaware, Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of Emerald BioAgriculture Corporation, an agriculture biotechnology company in Lansing, Michigan. In 1995, he and his wife Clarice also lived in Guangzhou, China and set up the China office for the law firm of Mezzullo-McCandlish.

      Dale is also very active in his community and his church. He is on the Advisory committees of Agriculture, and Hotel Management Schools at the University of Delaware. He serves on the Boards of the Red Cross, Girls Inc., Christiana Care Medical Center Board of Trustees and is Chairman of SURJ (Stand Up for what's Right and Just), an organization dedicated to improve the criminal justice system in Delaware.

Dale has also received the following honors:

  • Honorary Doctor of Science Degree, University of Nebraska, May 10, 1986
  • National 4-H Gold Key Alumni Award, December 5, 1990
  • Profesor Honorifico, Universidad Nacional Pedro Henriquez Urena, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, November 20, 1991
  • Lifetime Achievement Award, Arthritis Foundation 1992
  • Field Artillery Officer Candidate School Hall of Fame, Ft. Sill, Oklahoma, May 6, 1994
  • and the Distinguished Graduate Award, Kearney Public Schools, 2001

      Dale and Clarice have four children, Janet, Glenda, Thomas and James, 13 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren and they reside in the Wilmington Delaware area.



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