UD Alumni Wall of Fame

In recognition of the many notable achievements of its alumni, the UD Alumni Association and the University established the Alumni Wall of Fame in 1984. The Wall of Fame recognizes outstanding professional and public service achievements by UD graduates.

2019 Inductees

Mark P. Bendett, EG81M, EG85PhD, earned his bachelor’s degree in physics from Haverford College and went on to earn his master’s degree in electrical engineering in 1981 and his doctorate in electrical engineering and applied science in 1985, both from the University of Delaware. Mark is newly retired, most recently serving as strategy and business development manager at the Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Laboratories. He led a team that developed a laser used to manufacture smartphone screens and was instrumental in the development of a process that improved LASIK eye surgery. He was recently named a Fellow of SPIE, the International Society for Optics and Photonics. Mark has served on the College of Engineering Advisory Council at UD since 2002. He established the Bendett Fellowship in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering which supports graduate students in their studies.

Carol Van Dyke Freer, AS68, earned her bachelor’s degree in chemistry in 1968 from the University of Delaware and went on to earn a Doctor of Medicine from George Washington University before serving an internal medicine residency at Penn State MS Hershey. Additionally, she served a fellowship in infectious disease at University of Virginia while concurrently receiving a Master of Science in Hospital Epidemiology and Infection Control. She has been a senior medical consultant for Saxton and Stump, Lawyers and Consultants since 2016, as well as an associate professor of medicine at Penn State Hershey Medical Center since 2008. Penn State recently awarded her emeritus status. She has held a variety of other roles throughout her career, including serving more than four years as chief medical officer at Penn State Hershey Medical Center. Carol served many years as Health Officer for her hometown of Hanover, PA, and currently on the board of Hanover’s Visiting Nurse Association after previously serving as the organization’s medical director.

Kirk D. Malloy, EOE90M, EOE93PhD, earned bachelor’s degrees in biology and marine science from the University of Miami and went on to earn his master’s degree in marine biology and biochemistry in 1990 and his doctorate in marine biology and biochemistry in 1993, both from the University of Delaware. Kirk is the founder of BioAdvisors LLC, which provides strategic consulting services to life science, diagnostics and genomics companies and their investors. He previously served as founder and CEO of Verogen, a developer and provider of next generation sequencing technologies. In all, he has over 20 years of executive experience in the life science and diagnostics industry. Kirk held post-doctoral and instructor positions at Boston University and Northeastern University and served as chairman of the College of Earth, Ocean and Environment’s Dean’s Advisory Council at UD for six years.


Nomination Guidelines

The nominee must be a University of Delaware alumnus/na (defined as completing at least 30 credit hours).

The nominee may hold (or have held) a senior leadership position within a corporation or other institution.

The nominee has made a significant contribution to further his/her profession and has been honored for his/her excellence and service through professional/civic awards and commendations.

The nominee should have maintained a relationship with the University of Delaware.

The nominee is involved in his/her community.

Supporting documentation, such as newspaper and magazine articles as well as press releases, are encouraged.

Submit a nomination for the 2019 Alumni Wall of Fame Award.

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