Cape Gazette

Hall of Fame of Delaware Women induction held

Apr 14, 2014
Photo by: Steven Billups

The 33rd Annual Hall of Fame of Delaware Women held its award ceremony and reception March 27 at the Duncan Center in Dover. Established in 1981 to celebrate women's history month, the Hall of Fame of Delaware Women is one of the states longest-standing observances of the achievement, leadership, courage and strength of Delaware women.

This annual celebration honors and applauds women who have demonstrated their knowledge, skills, abilities and commitment as educators, professionals and leaders. The members of the Hall of Fame of Delaware Women serve as an inspiration for girls and women to achieve their full potential and encourages boys and men to respect the diversity in the dearth of women's roles in society.

The Hall of Fame committee members are (l-r) Dr. Tes del Tufo, Dr. Kathleen Jacobs, Chair Becky Evaristo and Sherese Brewington-Carr.


Odette Wright, former curator of the Nanticoke Indian Museum and tribe elder, was inducted into the Hall of Fame of Delaware Women. She was joined at the ceremony by family and friends. Shown standing in back are (l-r) Debbie Street, sister Decita Lonewolf, Wright, the Rev. Karen Mumford, Bonnie Hall and Sandra Norwood. In front are Joan Ridolfi and Bill Davis. (Photo by: Steven Billups)
Odette Wright, center, receives her Hall of Fame of Delaware Women award from Sherese Brewington-Carr and Lt. Gov. Matt Denn. Wright has worked tirelessly to preserve Nanticoke tribal history and culture, and to educate the public that native Americans still exist and thrive in the State of Delaware. Her legacy is an enduring gift that will last for many future generations. (Photo by: Steven Billups)
The Hall of Fame inductees gather with the presenters at the end of the ceremony. Shown are (l-r) Chief Deputy, Secretary of State Rick Geisenberger; standing in for Stephanie Louise Kwolek, a scientist who invented DuPont Kevlar a material with over 200 applications, including nylon stockings, steel belts for radial tires and body armor used to save the lives of military personnel, police officers and others, are Dr. Rita Vasta and Jill Tietjen; Catherine Devaney McKay CEO/Behavioral Health founded Connections Community Support Programs Inc. which offers services for people recovering from mental health, substance abuse, homelessness, developmental and intellectual disabilities, HIV/AIDS and incarceration; Sherese Brewington Wright, Hall of Fame committee chair; Odette Wright, “She Who Knows,” an educator and elder in the Nanticoke Indian Tribe who created a lasting legacy for future generations through her work to preserve the culture and heritage of Delaware’s Nanticoke Indians; Patricia H. Purcell, pediatrician, the first African-American pediatrician in Delaware. She has broken gender and racial barriers to establish an outstanding reputation as a professional and philanthropist with a deep compassion for Delaware’s youth. She is now serving her third generation of pediatric patients; and Lt. Gov. Matt Denn. (Photo by: Steven Billups)
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