Daniel E. Coons, Ph.D.

Dr. Daniel E. Coons was raised in Stamford, NY and graduated from Stamford Central School. He attended Champlain College before receiving his Bachelor’s degree from Harper College (SUNY Binghamton). He received his Master’s degree and Doctorate of Education from the State University of New York at Albany. 

He served in the US Army overseas during the Korean War era. Upon returning to the states, he taught history and coached football from 1958 to 1968 at Cooperstown (NY) Central School where he was beloved by his students. It was as a teacher and mentor that Dan found his true calling. 

He went on to teach at the State University College at Oneonta before moving to Dover, Delaware to take a position as Director of Libraries and Learning Resources at Delaware State University. 

In 1987, Dan combined his love of teaching with his passion for flying and founded the Airway Science Department at Delaware State University. He continued to serve as the aviation program director until retiring for the first time in 1992. 

Following this retirement, he moved to Cairo, Egypt for two years, where he worked through a USAID grant to oversee the construction of the Egyptian National Agricultural Library. Upon completion of the project, he returned to chair the aviation department at Del State from 1995–1997 and continued part time until 2006. 

In 2003, he was honored by Kent County as an educator of distinction. He was a founding member of the Delaware Aviation Hall of Fame, who honored him with induction to the Hall in 2011. 

In 2011, he was recognized by the Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals (OBAP) for his contributions to the education of black pilots. 

He was honored by the Tuskegee Airmen with the first Lemuel E Curtis Award for his service to minority pilots. He served as president of the Kent County (DE) Chapter of the Korean War Vets for several years. 

Daniel E. Coons, passed away at his home on May 3rd, 2017.

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