Dr. Washington’s accomplishments to be honored at Veterans Dinner

DOVER — Just reading Dr. Ulysses S. Washington Jr.’s obituary last year was a personal journey that made Faye Della White’s eyes open wide with respect and admiration.

Though Ms. White didn’t know him personally, she said it was obvious that he was a man to be celebrated and recognized for all that he accomplished in his 98 years. He died last October.

That’s why Ms. White’s 2019 Veterans Dinner that will be held in the “big room” in Luther Village Building 3 at 101 Babb Drive in Dover on Saturday at 3 p.m. will honor the late Mr. Washington, along with more than 40 veterans who are expected to be in attendance.

The event will begin with the presentation of colors and a 21-gun salute from the Dover Air Force Base Honor Guard.

Dr. Washington, or “Doc” or “Wash,” as he was affectionately known for years, fulfilled his World War II military obligation with the U.S. Navy from 1944-1946 as a landing craft motor machinist.

“I honor veterans,” Ms. White said. “This will be my third year. I didn’t know anything about Dr. Washington until I read his obituary. One of the young ladies who I am in the same organization together with had mentioned that Dr. Washington had passed. I thought she was talking about George Washington. She said, ‘No, Ulysses Washington.’

“I believe that this young man at 98 years old who passed last year is worthy of being put into the Delaware (Public) Archives. We’re not talking about at Delaware State, we’re talking about from Delaware State. I think the man needs to be in history.”

Those Navy years came before Dr. Washington seemingly did it all throughout the span of six decades during his tenure at Delaware State, from a wide variety of roles that included professor, department head and even bus driver and football coach.

“He was a tremendous trailblazer for Delaware State College and later Delaware State University,” Rev. John Moore Sr. said, after learning of Dr. Washington’s death last October. “Dr. Washington was also great mentor and was willing to share wisdom and understanding on many challenges that faced society.

“He was a true inspiration, a God-fearing man and a role model who was a person of excellence and will always be remembered for his outstanding deeds and untiring effort in the enlightenment and betterment of humankind.”

However, it was his faith and family that always came first.
Ms. White said she has invited Gov. John Carney to the Veterans Dinner but has yet to receive a response. She added that Dover Mayor Robin Christiansen will be on hand to present certificates to those in attendance at the free dinner.

Warner Schlaupitz, Paul Woikoski, Jack Beck and Timmie Hudson — all U.S. Army veterans over 90 years old — will receive special acknowledgements at the dinner.

However, it is Dr. Washington who will serve as this year’s featured veteran at the dinner.

Ms. White said it is her goal to eventually have Dr. Washington’s story put on permanent display at the Delaware Public Archives in downtown Dover.

“In all of those years that he put into DelState, they have a building out there, and he had his little bungalow that was next to it,” she said. “Once they start making changes, and since I’ve been in Delaware you have a lot of buildings that are very historical but the next thing you know they’re torn down, so once they choose to get rid of or eliminate his name from that building, that’s it for him.

“I decided if I can have him placed into the archives downtown that at any given time anyone can go down there and read about all of the many accomplishments that he has had. This man deserves to be in history.”

Delaware State News staff writer Mike Finney can be reached at mfinney@newszap.com.

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