Rodman B. Teeple, Jr., 94, died on May 22, 2022, at the ACTS Country House in Wilmington. Rod was born on February 20, 1928, in Buffalo, NY, to parents Rodman B. Teeple and Georgia M. Teeple. He grew up in Wilmington, graduated from Wilmington Friends School in 1945 and received a B.S. degree in chemical engineering from Lehigh University in 1948.
During his 42-year career with Hercules Incorporated, Rod worked in Hopewell, VA, New York, NY, Atlanta, GA and Wilmington, holding management positions in development and marketing. He retired as Marketing Director of Hercules’ fibers business.
Rod was a loyal alumnus of Wilmington Friends School, serving as Vice Chair of its Board of Trustees for many years. He was active with several non-profit organizations, including the Children’s Beach House in Lewes, DE, where he served as board President and Trustee and the EastSide Charter School where he served on the board. He also was a long-time member of the Rotary Club of Wilmington and served as its President in 2008-09. Rod was an enthusiastic tennis and paddle-tennis player during most of his adult life, and especially enjoyed his many years as a member of Greenville Country Club.
Rod was preceded in death in 2017 by his wife of 63 years, Diane S. Teeple. He is survived by his daughter Janet T. Wiswall (Gil), son David S. Teeple, daughter Sutton T. Faller (Kurt), and four grandchildren: Cara Hewes, Christopher Hewes, Baily Faller and Quinn Faller. He also is survived by his loving friend Jeanne Mariani.
A celebration of Rod’s life will be held at the Lower School Meeting Room at Wilmington Friends School, 20 Granite Road, Wilmington, DE 19803, at 12 noon on Friday, June 17, followed at 1:30 pm by a reception at Greenville Country Club, 201 Owl’s Nest Rd., Wilmington, DE 19807.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a memorial gift to Wilmington Friends School, The Rotary Foundation (PolioPlus, 1560 Sherman Ave, Evanston, IL 60201) or the Children’s Beach House (100 W. 10th St., Suite 411, Wilmington, DE 19801).
Messages may be sent to RodTeepleFamily@gmail.com.