The Mickey Dale Family Foundation established the Mickey Dale Family Foundation Scholarship in Engineering in July 2007 to support undergraduate engineering students.
Michal (Mickey) Ellen Dale was born on April 26, 1943 and died on March 3, 2000. She was the wife of Bruce Dale and the mother of two children, Chris and Jennifer. Bruce and Mickey met when they were 16 and married when they were 20, just before Bruce's senior year studying Mechanical Engineering at the University of Maryland. Mickey worked at University of Maryland, University College to support them during that time and before they had children. Bruce took a job with Bell Laboratories when he graduated and he and Mickey (and their subsequent children) moved 9 times in the first 12 years of their marriage as Bruce moved up the corporate ladder and attended graduate school. Mickey always referred to those moves as loyalty tests. Mickey was an avid gardener, a great mom and a loving wife. Once her children were in school she attended Union College in New Jersey and received an Associate Arts degree which enabled her to become an interpreter for the deaf. She worked at Governor Livingston High School in Berkeley Heights, N.J. with deaf children who were being mainstreamed in a public high school. Mickey had a sparkling personality, a great sense of humor, innate common sense, and the courage to face adversity without complaining or whining. She supported her husband in every way, whether it was sailing the Chesapeake in frightening thunder squalls or laughing at his bad jokes. When she died from cancer, she and Bruce were three months from retirement. Bruce decided to go back to work with Lucent Technologies to help fund the Mickey Dale Family Foundation, a foundation that would create a family legacy of charitable giving reflecting Mickey's selfless spirit.
(Oliver) Bruce Dale was a Mechanical Engineering graduate (BSME '64, MSME '67) of the University of Maryland who subsequently got his Ph.D. from Purdue in January 1970. Because of the strong academic foundation that Maryland provided, Bruce was able to succeed in the corporate world and have a fulfilling career. Bruce and Mickey also started their married lives together at Maryland.
In order to provide a helping hand to a student in engineering who otherwise might not be able to afford the chance, the Mickey Dale Family Foundation established an endowed fund to support engineering students at the University.
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