Anthony "Tony" Drexel Duke founded Boys & Girls Harbor in 1937 (formerly called Boys Harbor) and currently serves as its president. He was chairman of the board from its founding until 1994.
The values Tony has impressed upon Harbor alumni were instilled in him at an early age by his mother, as well as at the St. Paul's School in New Hampshire and then at Princeton University.
Tony's distinguished military career commenced in 1941, when he served as assistant Naval attaché in Buenos Aires. He later served as lieutenant commander in the U.S.N.R., as commanding officer on the U.S.S.L.S.T.530, and division commander of the L.S.T.'s in the Battle of Normandy. He was awarded three battle stars and the Bronze Star. Additionally, Tony represented the International Rescue Committee on several missions during the Vietnam War and during the 1983 Mariel Refugee Crisis in Cuba.
Tony's background includes many professional and humanitarian honors. Professionally he has been vice president of Duke International Import/Export Company, president of A.D. Duke Realty Inc., and director of the American National Bank. He also served on the executive committee of the Florida Growth Fund.
Tony's civic duties are numerous and worthy of note. He has been a member of the New York City Youth Board and once served as its commissioner. His tireless advocacy for young people has included the Big Brother Movement, Speedwell Services for Children, and the Henry Street Settlement. He was a delegate at the International Conference on Private Sector Initiatives in 1986, in addition to serving on the advisory council of the United States Naval Academy.
Tony is a trustee emeritus board member and former vice chairman of the board of Duke University. He also served as a board member at the Rumsey Hall School, the International Rescue Committee, the Achelis and Bodman Foundations, the National Committee of American Foreign Policy, and the New York University Child Study Center. Tony later served on Duke University's Provost Advisory Committee on International Affairs and is also a founding director of the board for the East Hampton Health Care Foundation.
Tony has been awarded honorary doctorates from Adelphi University, Long Island University, Drexel University, and Duke University. In 2005, he was honored with the first ever James W. Rouse Civic Medal of Honor by the Enterprise Foundation. He also received the CBS2 Fulfilling the Dream Award in 2002, the Ellis Island Medal of Honor in 2001, the National Minority Business Council Community Service Award in 2000, and the Metropolitan Hospital Award for the Harbor's work. In addition, Tony has been designated a living landmark by the New York Landmark Conservancy and is the recipient of the National Institute of Social Science Gold Medal and the Save the Children National Award. He has received several presidential citations for the effective work of Boys & Girls Harbor.
Tony has 10 children, 23 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.