Lewis B. Flinn President’s Award

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The Lewis B. Flinn President’s Award is made in the name of Lewis B. Flinn, M.D., a founder and the first President of the Delaware Academy of Medicine. It is awarded to an individual or organization that has achieved distinction by substantive contributions to the well being of our community through education, leadership, philanthropy, or service.  

The 2016 recipient of the Lewis B. Flinn President’s award is

J. Kent Riegel, Esq.  

Mr. Riegel retired as the President and General Counsel of ICI Americas Inc. Mr. Riegel joined the company in 1974 as an attorney. He was named Senior Counsel in 1983 and was Counsel to ICI Specialty Chemicals in 1985. He was appointed Vice President and General Counsel in 1986. He was elected as a member of the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee in 1986 and was appointed president in 1993.

Prior to joining ICI Americas, Mr. Riegel served as a trial attorney in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1964 to 1968, serving part of his active duty in Vietnam.  He also served as an attorney-advisor to the Judge Advocate General of the U.S.Navy from 1968 to 1971. He was appointed an  Assistant Attorney General, Maryland from 1971 to 1972, and served as General Counsel of the Maryland Department of Agriculture from 1972 until 1974.

A graduate of Alfred University in New York, Mr. Riegel earned his Bachelor’s degree in History and Political Science in 1961. He received his Law Degree from Syracuse University College of Law in 1963. He is admitted to practice law in New York and Maryland.

Mr. Riegel is a member of the New York Bar and was a member of the American Corporate Counsel Association, having served as the Delaware Valley Chapter’s 1989 President. He served on the Board of Christiana Care Health Initiatives Inc. He is a former member of the Board of Overseers of Widener University School of Law and the Alfred University Development Council. Mr. Riegel served as the President of the Board of The Centreville School for Learning disable children from 1994 to 1998.

He is a former Chairman of the Delaware Business Roundtable and the Delaware Business /Public Education Council. Mr. Riegel was appointed by Governor Carper to the Education Improvement Council to serve as the co-chair of its Governance and Accountability subcommittee and co-chairman of the Delaware Mentoring Council. He a former President and one of the founders of Delaware CarePlan, a not-for profit organization assisting families in arranging for care for family members with mental illness. Mr. Riegel was also a Trustee of the Grand Opera House, a former member of the Winterthur Business Associates and a previous member of the Board of Directors of the European -American Chamber of Commerce and the Cabinet of the Delaware United Way. He chaired the study for the Delaware State Legislature, examining the needs of adults with autism and was instrumental in establishing the State Autism Resource Office. He was also Chairman of the OCI Foundation, an organization providing funding for employment programs for persons with disabilities.

Mr. Riegel served as the chair of the Delaware Academy of Medicine’s Investment Advisory Committee from 2008 to 2015. Under his leadership we navigated the “great recession” and successfully identified a new investment management firm, Brown Advisory.  

Previous Recipients of the Lewis B. Flinn President’s Award

 2008:     Victor F. Battaglia, Sr., Esq.

2009:     Robert W. Frelick, M.D.

2010:     Leslie W. Whitney, M.D.

2011:     Robert B. Flinn, M.D.

2012:     Edwin L. Granite, D.M.D

2013:     Katherine L. Esterly, M.D.

2014:     LTG(DE) William H. Duncan, M.D.

2015:     Joseph A. Kuhn, M.D.