The Stegner Memorial Lecture
The Stegner Memorial Lecture is named in honor of Dr. Robert Stegner, a pioneer in marine education who died shortly after he retired from teaching at the University of Delaware. Bob hosted one of the first meetings of marine educators that would become the National Marine Educators’ Association, and was a central figure in charting the course for what marine education would become. His efforts also led to the creation of project COAST, one of the first marine education curriculum projects.
In 1979, The Robert Stegner Memorial Lecture Fund was established by the NMEA Board. According to the Board’s notes, “This fund will be used to provide an outstanding Keynote Speaker for all future NMEA Annual Meetings.”
Over the years, this Memorial Lecture has evolved into a variety of presentations, including lectures, musical presentations, and visual displays.
Past Stegner Memorial Lecturers have included:
|1980||Captain Irving Johnson (lecturer)|
|1981||Senator A.R. Schwartz (lecturer)|
|1982||Walter Munk (lecturer) “Oceans and Climate”|
|1983||Schooner Fare (singing group)|
|1984||Dr. Stephen Dow Beckham (lecturer) “How Vast the Sea, How Great the Opportunity”|
|1985||The Press Gang (singers of Chesapeake chanteys)|