Wilmington, DE – Gene McCoy, 85, died on July 16, 2018 after collapsing during a tennis match at the DuPont Country Club.

Born July 7, 1933 in Chicago, Illinois, to Verl E. McCoy and Dorothy Langston McCoy, Gene grew up in LaGrange and graduated from Lyons Township High School.

Gene is survived by his high school sweetheart and wife of 60 years, Mary Lee Wetterholm McCoy, three daughters: Sharon (Dave Carver), Linda (Alex Cascardo), and Lisa (Marty McGregor), five grandchildren: Ariel Carver, Ryan, Amy and Peter Cascardo, and Michael McGregor, and two great granddaughters: Lucia and Violet Carver Daniels. He is also survived by his older sister Adelaide McCoy Cohen and her family, as well as his cousin Janis Langston.

Gene attended Princeton University on a Navy ROTC scholarship, graduating in 1955 with a degree in Chemistry. He served in the U.S. Navy for three years, retiring as a Lieutenant on the USS Otterstetter DER-244, a radar picket ship. He then earned a PhD in Physical Organic Chemistry from Harvard University in 1963.

Gene worked as a Research Scientist for the DuPont Textile Fibers Department from 1963 to 1998 conducting pioneering research and commercializing fibers, such as Dacron. His customer service and development work included worldwide travel to support the use of nylon and Lycra® Spandex in hosiery products. He served a term as President of the Textured Yarn Association of America (TYAA).

Gene’s civic service record was extensive, including leadership in Wilmington’s Sister City Program, the Kalmar Nyckel Foundation, the Ethics Commission of New Castle County, the Council of Civic Organizations of Brandywine Hundred, the Civic League, the Citizens’ Advisory Committee for Brandywood Elementary School, the Both Committee on Public Housing, the Harvard Club of Delaware, etc. For twenty-three years, he served as a member or Chairman of the Planning Board of New Castle County. He received the Good Government Award from the Civic League for New Castle County in 1986.

Gene was an Elder of Trinity Presbyterian Church and member of the Ministry Development and Mission-Service Leadership Teams. He was a board member emeritus of the Kalmar Nyckel Foundation and was recently appointed to the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s new Coastal Zone Conversion Permit Regulatory Advisory Committee.

Gene was an active member of the DuPont Country Club, where he enjoyed golf for many years and still played tennis three times per week. He loved photography and treasured opportunities for world travel.

A visitation will be held on Friday, July 20th from 1-3pm and 6-8pm at the McCrery & Harra, 3924 Concord Pike, Wilmington, DE 19803.
The memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 21st at 11am at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 1120 Darley Rd, Wilmington, DE 19810. A private interment will precede the service.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Trinity Presbyterian Church, 1120 Darley Rd, Wilmington, DE 19810, or the Kalmar Nyckel Foundation, 1124 E 7th St, Wilmington, DE 19801.
For online condolences: www.mccreryandharra.com