Obituary for Thomas "Dave" Daniel
Daniel, Thomas David (Dave), 83, died peacefully surrounded by family on Saturday March 10, 2018. Dave was born in Dallas, Texas on April 22, 1934, the only child of Thomas and Thelma Daniel. The family moved to Webster Groves when Dave was 7, and in 1965 Dave moved his own growing family to Kirkwood where he lived for his remaining 53 years.
Dave is survived by his wife of 61 years, Carol, his son Paul (Rebecca), his daughter Holly (Andy) Austin, his daughter Heather, and grandchildren Steven and Juliet. Dave was preceded in death by his youngest daughter, Becky.
Dave was Valedictorian of his Webster Groves class of 1952 and some of his high school accomplishments included: winner of the state-wide Extemporaneous speaking award; winner of a national quiz competition giving him a full college scholarship to Harvard, Cornell, or Washington University; winner of the Harvard Book Award; co-editor of the school yearbook; president of the Chamber Music Club; secretary of the National Forensic League; member of the Quill and Scroll, National Thespian Society, Student Council, the Guidance Council, and the Student-Faculty Advisory Committee. He held the American Legion and Bausch and Lomb awards for outstanding work in American history and science. Dave was active in all things theatrical and musical. He was an accomplished pianist and French horn player, playing French horn in band and orchestra as well as joining the horn section of the St Louis Philharmonic Orchestra while in high school. He achieved the rank of Eagle Scout and was junior assistant Scoutmaster of troop 303. Dave studied at Cornell and graduated from the University of Missouri in 1958 with a degree in education after service in the US Army.
Dave's career included teaching math at Brittany School in University City, working in the technology department at the St Louis City Schools, working at Southwestern Bell Telephone Company, Monsanto, McDonnell-Douglas, and the St Louis Community College. He designed and launched the IT Department at the inception of Forest Park Community College, served as department chair, and retired in 1999 after 35 years of teaching. Along the way he was a consultant on computer automation for businesses and schools including the Co-Operating School Districts and John Burroughs School. He founded the technology company Total Data Design in 1969, and was a co-founder of CALICO in 1981, an automation company for small libraries.
Dave was a forward thinker for women's equality and always fostered his wife's career and believed in equal goals for his daughters and son. Dave was a devoted family man who never missed a sporting event, concert, or other performance in which one of his children participated, and was committed to his daughter Becky's therapy programs. He served as President of the PTA, was active with his son's Boy Scout life, with his daughter's YMCA group, and more; this involvement continued with the activities of his grandchildren as well.
Music was always an important part of Dave's life. For many years he played French horn in the AIM Community Band, the Arnold Community Band, the Affton Community Band, the University City summer band, and the Maryville orchestra. He wrote the program notes for the first two mentioned groups and did the announcing. Dave fostered this love of music in his children and grandchildren.
Dave and his family shared a love of travel, exploring many parts of the world, including: North and South America, Scandinavia, the United Kingdom, Eastern and Western Europe and the Holy Lands.
Dave was a committed Christian and Bible scholar. He lived his faith, enjoyed sharing his ideas and loved a good debate. In church he served many roles, including song leader, Sunday School teacher and lay preacher. He was active in church governance and leadership. The family plans to honor Dave's memory by supporting youth ministry through music and education.
Memorial Service Friday April 6th, 1:00pm at Kirkwood United Methodist Church with Reception immediately following service. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the following charities: St. Louis Arc, 1177 N. Warson Rd., St. Louis, MO 63132 or Kirkwood United Methodist Church, 201 W. Adams Ave, Kirkwood, MO 63122.