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Thank You, Governor Peterson

Written on: February 25th, 2011 in Recognizing State Employees

Last week, I was fortunate to have one more opportunity to visit Governor Russ Peterson at home. Even at age 94, he still had stories left to tell.

We flippGovernor Russell Peterson, July 29, 1971ed through Kevin Fleming’s most recent book of Delaware photography. We sat by the window and enjoyed the birds outside, listening as they said farewell to another winter. Russ’s appreciation for what makes Delaware special was as deep and as fresh as the day I first met him.

Our state mourns the passing of a true legend, and I mourn the passing of mentor and a friend. Russ Peterson lived the kind of life that leaves multiple legacies, each making a profound and positive difference. He changed policy, but more importantly, he changed people.

Russ gave us so much, and his accomplishments continue to give back to Delaware. I hope that we’ll let him give us this moment to look back at his life to see our state through his eyes, to be inspired by his passions, his conviction, and the difference that one man can make.

For more on Governor Peterson’s career, visit

Governor Russell Peterson holding horseshoe crab,  June 2, 1971

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