Tidwell twins land Del Tech’s Distinguished Alumni salute

GEORGETOWN – Identical twins who served their country as United States Marines and supported their community and veterans have landed a distinguished salute from Delaware Technical Community College.

David. D. Tidwell and Daniel D. Tidwell are co-recipients of the 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award for Del Tech’s Owens Campus in Georgetown.

Twin brothers Dave and Dan Tidwell of Georgetown are co-recipients of Delaware Technical Community College’s Distinguished Alumni Award for 2017.

“Humbled to say the least. I’ve always been somewhat loyal to the college, and so has Dan,” said David Tidwell. “I’m very humbled by it, as is Dan. We didn’t expect it.”

The award is presented annually to alumni in recognition academic achievements, leadership, service, reputation, professional success and contributions to Delaware Tech and the local community.

The Tidwell brothers will be honored at the Celebration of Giving & Alumni Success Wednesday, Sept. 27. The event will begin at noon in the Carter Partnership Center on the Owens Campus in Georgetown.

After graduating from Georgetown High School in 1966, the Tidwell brothers joined the U.S. Marine Corps. Dan received his duty assignment first, which sent him to Vietnam. Dave served at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and then as Military Police in Rota, Spain.

“We went into Marines together in 1966 and got out three years later in 1969,” said David Tidwell.

Upon their release from active duty, they returned home and enrolled in courses at Delaware Tech.

Dave graduated from Delaware Tech in 1971 with an associate degree in business administration. He also received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Salisbury University, an MBA from Central Michigan University and a master’s degree in counseling from Wilmington University.

Dave’s professional career includes financial advising, real estate, senior care, and higher education. Dave has been employed as an adjunct instructor for Wilmington University, a financial aid officer, program manager and academic counselor at Delaware Tech and a development director at CHEER Center.

Dave is employed part-time at Del Tech as an academic counselor for veterans. “I like vets. I like working with vets,” he said.

Dan graduated from Delaware Tech in 1976 with an associate degree in business administration. He began his career in banking before venturing in financial advising with Merrill Lynch and Morgan Stanley. He serves as senior vice president and financial advisor for Morgan Stanley, celebrating 42 years in the industry.

One of Dan’s favorite volunteer roles includes his service as the Sussex County coordinator/chairman for the Delaware Foundation Reaching Citizens with intellectual disABILITIES for the past 23 years.

Both brothers are members of American Legion Post 8 in Georgetown and the Vietnam Veterans of America Sussex County Chapter.

In Sept. 2016, the Tidwells served as wall ambassadors while The Wall That Heals visited Delaware Tech’s Georgetown campus.

Last November, they helped Delaware Tech raise over $40,000 for the creation of a Veteran Resource Center and funding for veteran scholarships at the Owens Campus.

They also established the Tidwell Family Scholarship Endowment to support the greatest needs of veteran students and their dependents.

The Sept. 27 Celebration of Giving & Alumni Success is free and lunch will be served. To RSVP, contact the Development Office at 302-259-6086 or email abuckley@dtcc.edu.

News Editor Glenn Rolfe can be reached at grolfe@newszap.com

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