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Stroud Center Announces Bernard W. Sweeney, Ph.D., Executive Director’s Fund

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Honoring His Career, Ensuring His Legacy

Photo: Stephen W. Golladay

AVONDALE, Pa. — Stroud Water Research Center, which advances knowledge and stewardship of fresh water, is seeking funding for the new Bernard W. Sweeney, Ph.D., Executive Director’s Fund to further outreach through community-empowerment programs regionally and around the world.

Supporting the fund will honor Sweeney’s long career at the Stroud Center while ensuring the legacy of his dedication to critical center-wide initiatives. A gift of any amount allows entry to a special event, Tip Your Hat to Bern, on Friday, March 23. Naming opportunities are available for leadership gifts. To learn more about the event or to purchase tickets, go to

As a young Ph.D. student under Ruth Patrick, Sweeney began his internship at the Stroud Center in June of 1973. He became the second executive director on April 11, 1988, a role he filled for the next 28 years. Some of his notable accomplishments include the following:

  • Launched our education program for schools and community outreach. We currently serve more than 5,000 individuals in educational outreach each year.
  • Opened the Maritza Station in Costa Rica. This led to a series of tropical studies and education programs throughout Central and South America.
  • Guided separation from the Academy of Natural Sciences. Under Sweeney’s leadership, the Stroud Center became an independent 501(c)(3) on October 1, 1999.
  • Added Watershed Restoration to our mission. Sweeney’s  research has led him to the conclusion that trees are vitally important for healthy streams.
  • Created a global presence. Sweeney’s research and expertise has helped us to develop relationships with countries near and far, expanding our footprint.

To learn more, go to Please contact David Reinfeld, director of campaign programs and major gifts, at 610-268-2153, 314 or to inquire about project needs such as capital renovations, underwriting programs, or operational support within each area. EIN: 52-2081073


About Stroud Water Research Center

Stroud Water Research Center seeks to advance knowledge and stewardship of freshwater systems through global research, education, and restoration and to help businesses, landowners, policymakers, and individuals make informed decisions that affect water quality and availability around the world. Stroud Water Research Center is an independent, 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.

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