University Marshal Radley Daly Dies; Known for ‘Extraordinary Service’ to Yale

Radley H. Daly, former University marshal and Yale deputy secretary, died at his home in Southport, Connecticut, on Jan. 5. He was 84 years old.

A graduate of Yale College, Daly was widely known for his unwavering commitment to serving his alma mater — a devotion that led him to assume many hats at the University, bringing his leadership skills and counsel to departments across campus as the need arose.

“Rad worked tirelessly for six presidents of Yale — Brewster, Gray, Giamatti, Schmidt, Lamar and Levin — and was the most loyal and versatile of senior administrators,” said Vice President and University Secretary Linda K. Lorimer. “Whenever there was an unexpected vacancy, Rad was the first person that the Yale president or provost would dispatch to provide interim leadership.

“No one was a better or more generous mentor for young administrators like me, whom he took under his wing; he wanted us to be successful,” noted Lorimer. “Rad never sought the limelight but was behind the scenes offering the wisest of counsel in so many of the most important decisions of his day.

“In 1991, to honor his extraordinary service, Yale created for the first and only time the rank of University marshal, which he held until his formal retirement in 1996. For many years thereafter, Rad gave unselfish service volunteering part-time to continue special projects in the Secretary’s Office,” she added.

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Former Yale President Howard Lamar added, “Rad was one of the most beloved people at Yale ever. He was the soul of Mory’s and also Woodbridge Hall.  He understood the undergraduate world as well as anyone in any administration here.”

Daly came to Yale in 1968, having previously served as an executive at Pepperidge Farm Corporation in Norwalk, Connecticut. His first post at Yale was as business manager for the University Library. He went on to serve as associate librarian for administration (1971), associate provost for personnel (1975) and director of administrative services (1979).

In 1986, in addition to his duties in administrative services, Daly was named associate secretary of the University. Four years later, he was appointed as deputy secretary and was named to the newly created post of University marshal; in that role, he planned and coordinated visits by national and international dignitaries; organized major University events, such as Commencement; and oversaw Yale Corporation activities.

Over the years, Daly also stepped in to serve as interim director for departments as diverse as the University Library, Yale Peabody Museum, Audio Visual Department and Office of Public Affairs.

Although he formally retired in 1996, Daly continued to visit the campus near-daily and undertook various projects for the University, including work on the Yale Tomorrow capital campaign.

Daly’s many contributions to the University once prompted former Yale Secretary Sheila W. Wellington to say that his “commitment to the University has been surpassed by no one.”

Daly was born on Aug. 6, 1925 in Stamford, Connecticut, and attended the King School there. He studied at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for a year and then served from 1944 to 1946 with the U.S. Marine Corps. He received a bachelor of science degree in industrial administration from Yale in 1949. During his undergraduate years, Daly won received the Henry H. Babcock Trophy for “outstanding spirit” as a member of the 150-pound crew. He also played on the Silliman College hockey team and was a member of Scroll and Key, among other activities. He was assistant Canadian marketing manager for the Vick Chemical Company before joining Pepperidge Farm.

A former president of the Yale Club of Eastern Fairfield County, Daly was the Yale Alumni Fund agent for his class for 25 years and served as chair of class agents for the fund. A longtime vice president of the Mory’s Association, he was its president 2002-2005. Daly was a board member of the Yale Sailing Association and a fellow of Saybrook College. He was also a member of the Elizabethan Club, the Yale University Art Gallery Associates, the New Haven Lawn Club, the Yale Library Association, Dwight Hall at Yale and the Kingsley Trust Association (serving as its treasurer).

At Yale, Daly was also active in three committees that confer annual awards: the Dwight H. Terry Committee, John Addison Porter/Theron R. Field Prize Committee and John M. Brodie Memorial Prize Committee.

He was married to the former Patricia Skinner, who predeceased him. He is survived by a son, Peter, of Sebastopol, California; and a daughter, Susan, of Newport, Rhode Island.

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