Inductees - 2013

Jack Gallagher

John (Jack) L. Gallagher


John (Jack) L. Gallagher

Since the start of his doctoral research at University of Delaware in 1968 and continuing to the present, Jack Gallagher, Professor of Marine Biosciences for 32 years at UD, and currently Professor Emeritus, has been pursuing his passion to understand how salt marsh ecosystems function and how to enhance wetland restoration and creation with plant selections that will sustain salt marshes and their vital estuarine food web functions in the face of human impacts and sea level rise.

In well over 100 peer-reviewed scientific journal articles, Jack, with his students and colleagues, published discoveries spanning ecosystem to molecular levels. Prior to Delaware, Jack led research at the University of Georgia and US-EPA Oregon Lab involving above and belowground production, decomposition processes, mineral/metal/nutrient transport, and ecosystem modeling.

At Delaware, his work with the extensive underground system of Phragmites revealed the optimal time to apply control measures to this invasive plant and uncovered the nature of the rhizome advantage had by the exotic ecotype. He and his colleague revealed the genetic variation within the dominant grass, Spartina alterniflora, and determined the impact of genotypic differences on the functioning of salt marsh ecosystem components, e.g. detritus, fish, algae.

For his collaborative research on salt marsh plants, Jack holds a concurrent professorship at Nanjing University in China. Currently, Jack is leading the development of salt marsh plants for sustainable agriculture in lands surrounding Delaware Bay and elsewhere salinized by tidal flooding. For his innovative research on marshes of the Delaware coast and beyond, Jack is being inducted into the Delaware Maritine Hall of Fame.

Hazel Brittingham

Hazel Brittingham


Hazel Brittingham is the “go to” person in Lewes for anyone seeking information concerning property, genealogy, the state of Delaware and its maritime history and in particular, Sussex County. Mrs. Brittingham’s many years of leadership in the area of historic research and documentation will have a lasting impact on future generations who will benefit from her efforts.

In 1998 she wrote a book, Lantern on Lewes: Where the Past is Present, which captures many true stories of historic Lewes. Her articles about the maritime history of Delaware Bay include The Delaware Bay Breakwaters, and The Fort was named ‘Miles.’

In addition to her many activities with historic preservation Hazel has always shared her love of history with presentations for service organizations, women’s clubs, and school classes. In 2002 the Lewes Historical Society awarded her its “Dr. James E. Marvil Lifetime Service Award” for her over 20 years of service to the Society and its mission of historic preservation. Hazel was instrumental in gaining recognition of the unknown sailors cemetery with the placement of a historic marker at the Cape May- Lewes Ferry Terminal.

The executive director of the Lewes Historical Society, Mike DiPaolo, said “the Society couldn’t do its job without Hazel.” Her generosity in sitting down with me or a researcher, writing articles or graciously donating her collections to the Society make Hazel’s accomplishments all the more impressive. In short, it is her service of selflessness that makes her so remarkable.

Capt. Paul Ives


Capt. Paul Ives of Lewes was a Licensed Pilot for the Delaware Bay and the Chesapeake canal. Paul developed a childhood interest in radio and electricity. He apprenticed as a pilot in 1951 and served in the US Army Signal Corps during the Korean War. During this period he became an amateur radio operator.

Upon his return to the Pilots’ he noticed the lack of bridge-to-bridge communications. His unique combination of skills placed him at a critical juncture in maritime safety and communications. He worked tirelessly for the Pilots and the Ports on the Delaware River to be early implementers of VHF Single Channel bridge to bridge communications. This system ensures that all ships and pilots will be in constant communications, improving safety and reducing collisions.

Mr. Ives was appointed to the Joint Executive Committee for the Improvement and Development of the Philadelphia Port Area. He worked to overcome hurdles to the implementation of the system. He traveled around the Country giving presentations for the adoption of the Single Channel System as an industry standard. He was appointed to the executive Committee for the Radio Technical Commission for Marine Services and served on a myriad of other Marine safety and communications organizations.

Mr. Ives has received numerous commendations for his work including being named the Ports of Philadelphia Man of the year in 1992. His efforts directly led to the adoption of the single channel system now in use, saving countless casualties that might have resulted from collisions on the River and Bay.

Suzanne Thurman

Suzanne Thurman


Suzanne Thurman founded the Marine Education, Research & Rehabilitation Institute, Inc. (MERR) in 2000 for the purpose of providing stranding response for marine mammals and sea turtles that were ill, injured, or dead. The program has a rescue facility, which provides veterinary treatment to animals in need. Suzanne and her volunteers conduct research on those that have died.

As MERR’s executive director, Suzanne leads more than 100 dedicated volunteers. She is noted for her tireless efforts, resourcefulness, tenacity, patience, and willingness to take time to explain and educate. MERR provides education/outreach programs that reach more than 10,000 participants each year. She also mentors high school and college students, providing internship opportunities and guidance as they pursue careers in marine conservation.

Suzanne communicates effectively with beach officials, business owners, and government officials who might be impacted by a stranded animal. She serves as an advocate and activist for ocean health issues, and frequently provides comments to local, state and federal officials regarding issues that impact the health and welfare of the oceans and marine life, such as seismic testing, outfall pipes, and dredging.

MERR fills a potential void for the State of Delaware by addressing emergency response and providing educational awareness of marine animals. Her work complements that done by the State and without MERR such immediate response would not be possible due to funding restrictions. Suzanne Thurman saw a need and through her own efforts, created a highly respected organization, utilized a volunteer base, and contributed a much needed service to the State of Delaware.

Malcolm Mackenzie



Malcolm Mackenzie was born in Texas January 19, 1926.  His lifelong love of the sea began after a trip to South Africa. Following graduation from Maine Maritime Academy, Malcolm served in the Merchant Marines, and later graduated from Brown University.

Malcolm began a marketing firm that often focused on environmental issues.  When hired to conduct a comprehensive study of Delaware’s Shoreline (Delaware Shoreline 2020) that included how to improve it and  the development of “creative ideas”  for making it a tourist attraction, Malcolm stressed the tourist potential for the Wilmington Waterfront.  As a result, empty warehouses were replaced by viable businesses and the half sunken Wilson Liner was replaced by a replica of the Kalmar Nyckel, Malcolm’s idea, one of two ships that brought early settlers to Wilmington in 1638.  Today, the Kalmar Nyckel travels throughout the Atlantic Coastal Region as Delaware’s Tall Ship and Ambassador.

The building of the Kalmar Nyckel, restoration of Wilmington’s waterfront, and establishment of The New Sweden Center were the direct result of dedication of Malcolm Mackenzie along with his wife Marianne and his ally, Nick Dupont. Senator Harris B. McDowell said “I have not known of anyone who played a more meaningful role in the revitalization of Wilmington’s Water Front”.

Today’s Wilmington waterfront and public access to The Delaware River at Fox Point State Park are a direct consequence of Malcolm’s dreams. The beauty of the Kalmar Nyckel sailing in the river or bay fills Delawareans with pride as a result of the dedication and commitment of Malcolm Mackenzie.

Capt. Jacob Nicolas Jones

2013 Meritorious Service Award

Capt. Jacob Nicolas Jones


Capt. Jacob Nicolas Jones was born on a farm near Smyrna, DE, in March 1768. From 1772 until 1784 he lived in Lewes, we he developed his love of the sea. Later in Dover he served as a local physician and also as the clerk of the Supreme Court of Delaware.

In 1799 he was appointed as midshipman, United States Navy. By 1803 Jones was assigned to the Frigate USS Philadelphia. She ran aground in Tripoli Harbor. The crew spent twenty months in captivity, where Jones‘ medical skills were put to good use. By 1810 he commanded the USS Wasp, which defeated the Brig HMS Frolic in 1812. This raised morale since the two vessels were considered equal, but later the Wasp was captured and taken to Bermuda. After being exchanged, congress voted prize money, Jones made Captain and put in Command of the ship Macedonia. She was used in 1814 to maintain control of Lake Ontario. American control of the Great Lakes was confirmed in the Treaty of Ghent, 1815.

After the war Jones continued to serve in the Navy until his death in 1850. For his services he had been honored by the city of New York, the city of Philadelphia, and the State of Delaware. His commissioned portrait hung in the Old State House. He was inducted into the Society of Cincinnati on July 4, 1813. As Governor Clayton said “The love of Country was his ruling passion.”