Spring 2010: Professor Emeritus J. Earl Danieley '46 takes center stage for Founders Day
Elon honored its beloved "Dr. D." at Founders Day celebrations in March. View an audio slide show about Danieley's life and contributions to Elon and watch video excerpts from his "fireside chat" with the Elon community.
At College Coffee on March 9, Executive Vice President Gerry Francis offered comments about Danieley's storied Elon career before leading a tree-planting ceremony in Founders Grove in the Academic Village.
"He's a presence on campus in the in the chemistry classroom, he's carried the university mace at special events, he's given the graduation address, and, for those of you who attend basketball games, you'll see him standing up waving a victory towel," Francis said.
On March 11 at College Chapel, Life Trustee James B. Powell shared entertaining and illuminating stories about Danieley's life and ancestral ties to Elon. He also reviewed the many advances Elon made during the Danieley presidency and highlighted Danieley's strong, calm leadership during the political turmoil of the Vietnam War years.
“Earl certainly didn’t experience peace and quiet around the campus,” Powell said. “But Elon had the perfect man – they had found a brilliant man with country-boy, walkaround sense.”
That evening, Danieley himself took the stage for a fireside chat with the Elon community. Click the links to the right to watch excerpts from the event, as well as an audio slideshow featuring comments by Danieley about his lifelong association with Elon.