Delaware native Frank Gordy was the University of Delaware extension poultry specialist and active in many poultry organizations when he was asked to lead the newly formed Delmarva Chicken Festival, Inc., later to become Delmarva Poultry Industry, Inc. He remained with the University of Delaware as extension poultryman and director of the university's substation during his years as the chicken association's executive secretary. Under his leadership, Delmarva's chicken industry became a national leader in bird production, and he molded the association into a highly respected organization.
He was active in local, regional, and national poultry organizations and local community groups.
Mr. Gordy provided inspiration and leadership during the formative years of the national chicken industry when the largest segment was on Delmarva. He was honored by many agricultural agencies over the years. The Historical Society of Delaware stated, "Gordy became the pivot of committees and organizations that brought the poultry industry together."
Mr. Gordy was selected to the American Poultry Historical Society, Inc. Hall of Fame in 2004.