Mrs. Claire LaMar Carey is a native of Augusta, Georgia. She completed her undergraduate and graduate studies in Chemistry at Fisk University, Ohio University and The University of Delaware. She also received professional certifications in Human Resources Management, Quality Management, and Executive Leadership.
Mrs. Carey was employed by the Hercules Corporation as a Research Chemist and, after 38 years of employment spanning positions in Research and Development, Human Resources, Information Technology and Public Relations, she subsequently retired as a Corporate Executive Senior Manager, and most recently, retired after 15 years of service with the YMCA of Delaware, where she managed the very successful Black Achievers Program as well as all Teen programs.
Known affectionately as “Ms. Claire”, she is highly regarded for her intense and continuous work with youth and teens. Through her efforts, over 400 students have gone on to pursue higher education, many of whom have obtained graduate degrees. She has positively impacted the lives of hundreds of teens and young people through her YMCA Black Achievers program; her work in managing the MIND (Minorities in Development) Scholarship and Internship Program for Hercules Incorporated; her work with the ACHIEVERS PROGRAM sponsored by the Links, Inc. and the gentlemen of Kappa Alpha Psi; her 12 year tenure as Graduate Advisor to the ladies of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority at the University of Delaware; and the many teen programs she directed at the Walnut Street YMCA.
A long-time supporter of the YWCA, Claire served as President of the Board of Directors for the YWCA Delaware and for 12 years was a member of the YWCA USA Board of Directors, serving as its National Vice President.
The recipient of numerous awards, Mrs. Carey, most notably, was inducted into the Delaware Women’s Hall of FAME. She has been recognized by the Girl Scouts of America; The National Conference of Christians and Jews; Girls, Inc.; the Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church (where she currently sings with the Sanctuary Choir); and the YWCA of New Castle County. She was the recipient of the Alumni Lifetime Achievement Award for Service presented to her by her Alma Mater, Fisk University, during her 50th year Class Reunion; and was recognized as a “Great Woman in History” by the Executive Office of New Castle County.
Always the consummate gracious and professional woman, Mrs. Carey is best known for her generous spirit and abundant compassion. She is married to Harmon R. Carey, and they are the proud parents of Dr. Roderick LaMar Carey, a Professor in the Department of Education at the University of Delaware.