Ben Oostdam story # 24

DELAWARE BAY MARINE SCIENCE CENTER

In the late 1960's, I led a busy life. In addition to being assistant professor of oceanography at Millersville State College, I also was the founder and first President of The Marine Science Consortium (TMSC). One summer I organized a field course in Lewes, DE, and the next an expanded field course in Cape May, NJ. These two places on opposite shores at the mouth of Delaware Bay were the terminals of the Cape May - Lewes Ferry.
I also enrolled as the first Ph.D. candidate in the Geology Department of the University of Delaware. My Committee Chairman was Robert Jordan, who had just succeeded my friend and fellow Dutchman Jan de Groot as State Geologist. One of the other members was a young coastal engineer, Dr. William Gaither, who went on to become Dean of Marine Science in Newark and Lewes, DE, and later President of Drexel University in PA.

Three events of these years come to mind:

First, our incredible luck in obtaining a "permanent" field station in Lewes, DE after applying to the U.S. Coast Guard for their Lewes property which had been declared surplus. While I thought this referred to their small field station near the Roosevelt Inlet, it actually concerned the large Coast Guard Station (CGS) depicted below, next to the Ferry Terminal


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