Category: People

Former Chief Justice E. Norman Veasey says that he’s “flunked retirement three times.” Veasey, 86, left Richards, Layton & Finger in 1992, after spending 35 years there in corporate litigation and, at various times, managing partner and CEO of the firm, to take office as chief justice. After his retirement from the Supreme Court 12…

When discussing the Eight Over 80 nominees, everyone agreed that Terry and Sandy Strine are inextricably linked.  “We’ve been working together our entire marriage,” Terry said, adding that Sandy supported his philosophy of changing jobs anytime he stopped loving the work. IBM brought them together, but they wanted to be their own bosses so they…

“If you don’t grow, you die.” Joseph Conaway, 81, a longtime Sussex County educator, county official and land use advocate, may have been talking about his philosophy for land development when he said that, but in many ways, it also is a reflection on how he’s lived his life. Born and raised in Wilmington, Conaway…

Beatrice “Bebe” Coker has been trying to change how we view education for more than 40 years. The 84-year-old Delaware civil rights leader, public housing advocate and education activist has had the ear of former Vice President Joe Biden since he was a freshman senator – and every governor for decades – but after a…

The Rev. Canon Lloyd Casson’s entire life and ministry have been about helping struggling congregations that needed leadership. Canon Casson, 84, grew up in the Wilmington church that he led for many years.  “I actually grew up in St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church at Seventh and Walnut streets,” said Casson, who served for 10 years as…

While he’s honored to be named to the DBT’s Eight Over 80, Richard “Dick” Christopher is reluctant to talk about the specific causes he supports. Instead, the former president and CEO of Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate prefers to share his reasons for staying active and how it’s impacted his life. “We should remember daily what we…

The Delaware Business Times has announced its inaugural Eight Over 80 list of older Delawareans who are contributing to their communities, the state, and, in many cases, the nation long past retirement age. In addition to the nine honorees (we’ve recognized a husband-and-wife team), we are also posthumously honoring a nominee who passed away during…