Robert Gore, EG '59

"The University of Delaware was the springboard for my career. In the mid 1950s, the chemical engineering department already was nationally recognized, and I chose that field for my undergraduate studies. It was a tough major and I carried 21 credit hours a semester plus the mandatory ROTC service. I also was a member of the Fightin' Blue Hens band. Even then, the University was a center of excellence."
—Robert Gore, EG '59, Chairman,
W. L. Gore & Associates Inc.

Bob Gore, who takes pride in personally testing the consumer products that bear his name, is responsible for the 1969 discovery of expanded polytetrafluoroethylene (ePTFE), a versatile polymer that continues to revolutionize the fields of electronics, industrial products, outerwear and medicine. Bob became president and CEO of W. L. Gore & Associates Inc., in 1976 and, as a tribute to his technical and business leadership, spearheaded a period of explosive growth triggered by his discovery. He was named chairman of the board in 1986.

Today, with more than $2 billion in sales, the company operates 45 facilities throughout the world and, based largely on its unique culture, is one of only 10 companies cited in every listing of Fortune's "100 Best Companies to Work For in America."

A staunch supporter of the University and a generous benefactor, Bob has been a member of the University of Delaware Research Foundation since 1986 and has served on the Board of Trustees since 1992. His $18.5 million gift, one of the largest given by an alumnus, made possible the University's newest academic building, Gore Hall.

publish 2001 in UD Messenger