John D. Cullen
John D. Cullen, formerly of Orange, died peacefully at his home in Naples, Florida on March 19, with his wife by his side. He was born in Buffalo, New York in 1925, the son of Robert E. and Anna Darby Cullen.
John attended Wilmington Friends School and Phillips Andover Academy before enrolling at Leigh University where he joined the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity. He served as its President during his senior year. John’s education at Leigh was interrupted in 1943 when he enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps and served for 3 years until he was honorably discharged in 1946 as a lieutenant.
In 1950 he received his Master’s degree in chemical engineering from Virginia Tech University. Upon graduation, John went to work for the duPont company at the Experimental Station in Wilmington, Delaware. He was also employed at other duPont plants in Parkersburg, West Virginia, Orange, and Victoria. In 1966 he became the Plant Manager in Orange, which had over 3500 employees. In 1969 he was transferred back to Wilmington where he held several managerial positions. He became Chief Engineer of the Engineering Department in 1978 and subsequently became a Senior Vice President in charge of engineering and information systems departments.
John retired in 1986 after serving 36 years with duPont John was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church, the duPont Country Club, the Kennett Square Country Club, the Rotary Club and the University Club of Wilmington. He has also served on the Board of Trustees for the Wilmington Medical Center and Leigh University.
He was predeceased by his parents; his brother Robert, and his first wife Ann Woodman.
He is survived by his wife, Patricia McGee Cullen, whom he married in 1998; his sons, Robert (Janie), Andrew and Charles; and his stepchildren Donald (Susan) McGee, Ann (Barry) Green and Beth McGee.
Six grandchildren also survive; Darby & Wes Cullen, D.J. and Jamie McGee, and Josh and Meredith Green.
There will be a memorial service for John at Westminster Presbyterian Church, Pennsylvania Avenue & Rodney Streets, Wilmington, Delaware at 1:00 pm on Friday May 20, with a reception following at the University & Whist Club. Interment will be in the Lower Brandywine Cemetery and is private.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to AVOW Hospice, 1035 Whippoorwill Lane, Naples, Florida 34105; The Parkinson’s Foundation, 1228 Heather Lane, Wilmington, DE 19803 or a charity of your choice.
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