Chip Bixler '72/AS and Doris Bixler '71/EHD
Chip Bixler met Doris Hogentogler in the dining room at Kent Hall when they were students at Delaware in the late 1960s — Doris was a resident assistant in Kent, and Chip was the dorm president of Brown Hall. They were friends at first… but then began dating, fell in love and married. These Double Dels (Delaware alumni who marry other Delaware alumni) actually consider themselves “Quadruple Dels” since they both earned master’s degrees at Delaware as well.
“I grew up locally,” said Doris, “and when I was considering my college choices, some people asked why I would consider attending Delaware as an in-state school. I’ve never been disappointed; I’ve always been so proud that I went to Delaware!”
Doris taught reading in elementary school in Cecil County; Chip spent his career teaching math in the Christina School District. Chip’s career in Newark kept him in close contact with the University – from teaching the children of UD professors to working with university administrators. The two enjoyed living in the college town for many years and were long-time Blue Hen football season ticket holders.
“We decided years ago to support Delaware through a gift in our wills because of our experiences there,” Chip said. “We want to be sure that Delaware can continue to attract quality professors, do important research, and help the students.”
He continued, “For someone considering making a gift to Delaware in their estate, I would ask, ‘Do you think your education made your life better? Do you value the friendships you’ve made? Can you look back and see the impact of your time at Delaware?’ The investment you make by contributing to Delaware, and it is an investment that we all must continue to make, will pay dividends for many people for years down the road. It’s important to give back, and we’re glad we have such a great place in Delaware to give back to.”
In 2013, the couple moved to Williamsburg, VA, where they are enjoying their retirement in the 18th century. Chip volunteers at the Colonial Garden twice a week and Doris volunteers at “Patriots at Play” in the summer. They also volunteer at the Colonial Williamsburg Visitor Center, lead Bits ‘n Bridles tours at the stable, and at holiday time, Doris helps makes wreaths that decorate the historic area.
They miss being near UD activities but try to make it “home” for a football game, Alumni Weekend and other special events, because, as Chip explained, “These events enable us to keep in contact with professors, our friends and our classmates. Maintaining those friendships has been great for us.”
Of course, they root for UD whenever the Blue Hens play William and Mary!