Robert Rider honored with annual Marvel Cup Award

The Delaware State Chamber of Commerce awarded its prestigious Josiah Marvel Cup Award to Robert F. Rider, Monday, Jan. 9 at the Chamber's 175th Annual Dinner. The event, held at the Chase Center on the Riverfront, was attended by more than 900 people.

The evening's program included keynote remarks by Marvin N. "Skip" Schoenhals, chairman of WSFS Bank and WSFS Financial Corp.

The Marvel Cup Award was established in 1951 to honor a Delawarean who has made an outstanding contribution to the state, community and society. The State Chamber's highest honor is named in memory of the Honorable Josiah Marvel, who reorganized the Chamber of Commerce, Delaware, Inc., and was the first president of the modern-day Chamber in 1913-1914. The award was originally presented to Marvel upon his retirement, and has been imprinted with the name of each recipient. The identity of the winner is not announced until the award is presented at the Annual Dinner.

Rider, a native of Glens Falls, NY, moved to Bridgeville in 1952 after serving in the U.S. Army. He began working at O.A. Newton & Son Co., part of the Newton conglomerate of businesses that included poultry, retail appliances, materials handling systems design and manufacturing, sales of farm machinery, irrigation and other agriculture products.

During his years with O.A. Newton & Sons Co., Rider served as director (1959-present), president (1969-1984) and chairman and chief executive officer (1984-present).

Rider has a long career of service in many Delaware institutions, serving on a multitude of boards and committees throughout his lifetime. He was president of the Delaware State Fair from 1976-1998, and still serves on its board. He served as a director of the Chesapeake Utilities Corporation (1976-2006), Baltimore Trust Co. (now PNC Bank, 1955-1998), Burris Foods (1983-2000), Blue Cross Blue Shield of Delaware (1990-present), Nanticoke Memorial Hospital (1965-1983; 1988-1993), Christiana Care Health Systems (1984-2006), and more. He is a Trustee Emeritus at the University of Delaware, where he was a trustee from 1985-2003.

Rider helped shape state policy through his involvement in the Board of Professional Responsibility of the Supreme Court of Delaware, the Council on State Planning of Delaware, the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce, and the Delaware Economic Roundtable.

Recently, Rider served as Governor of the United States Postal Service (1995-2005), a presidentially appointed position tasked with choosing the Postmaster General, among many other duties.

Rider is a graduate of Clarkson College in Potsdam, NY, and Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY. He is married to Barbara Boyer of Dover, and has 16 grandchildren.

News tips wanted
Call us with ideas for news and features. We're always looking for good stories to share with readers. Call Bryant Richardson at 629-9788.