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Wendel Richard Cassel

AGE: 75 • Newark


Wendel died at home on March 11, 2016. He grew up in Piketown, PA and graduated from Central Dauphin High School. He graduated from Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering with high honors. He was a member of Theta XI fraternity.

After receiving his Master of Chemical Engineering from the University of Delaware, he began his 35-year career with the DuPont Company. He was awarded 4 patents, received the AICHE Thomas H. Chilton Award for Outstanding Contributions to Management of Chemical Engineering Technology in 1992, a 1996 Environmental Award from the DuPont Company, an Excellence in Engineering Award in 1997, a DuPont Flagship Award in 1988 in recognition of his work in CFC Alternatives, and was a critical member of the team that received the 2003 President's National Medal of Technology for developing CFC alternatives.

Upon his retirement in 1998, he began volunteering his time to build and repair hiking trails in the White Clay Creek State Park and led a volunteer trail work activity as a member of the Friends of White Clay Creek State Park and the Friends of the Pennsylvania White Clay Creek Preserve. In 2002, Wendel won a Greenways and Trails Award, and in 2003 he received a volunteer-of-the-year award from the American Hiking Society. More recently he was recognized for his contributions through a Volunteer-of-the-Year award from the Delaware Division of Parks and Recreation at their annual recognition dinner. In 2015 he was the DNREC Conservation and Recreation Volunteer of the Year. He was a member of Delaware's Governor's Council on Greenways and Trails. He enjoyed hiking, gardening, and other outdoor activities. He travelled extensively throughout Europe, the U.S., South and Central America. He also visited Japan, Australia and New Zealand.

He was predeceased by his parents, Maurice and Geraldine Cassel of Piketown, PA. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Andrea; son, Michael and his fiancé, Erin Boyle of Townsend; brother, Barry (Cindy) and sister, Geraldine (Don) of Harrisburg, PA; and several nieces and nephews.

Friends are invited to visit at the Doherty Funeral Home, 3200 Limestone Road, Pike Creek on Saturday, March 19 from 9:30-11:30AM, with a Celebration of Life immediately following.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the White Clay Creek State Park, 425 Wedgewood Road, Newark, DE 19711.

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Published in The News Journal from Mar. 16 to Mar. 18, 2016
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