John Anthony Daly, 79, of Rockville, died peacefully at his home on November 21, 2016, of Multiple System Atrophy. He leaves behind his devoted wife of 50 years, Patricia Cross Daly, a loving son, John Patrick Daly, and relatives in Ireland, Australia, and England.
The son of Anthony C. Daly and Ethel Braunton Daly, John was born in New York. The family later moved to California, where John was raised and educated, earning a B.S. in Engineering, M.S. in Electrical Engineering, and Ph.D. in Administration from the University of California. After an early career as a research engineer, John left engineering to serve as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Chile, and then remained in Chile as a consultant to the Ford Foundation. He later worked for three years in Colombia for the World Health Organization on community health projects.
On returning to the U.S., John joined the Office of International Health (U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare) and later the U.S. Agency for International Development. John worked at USAID for almost two decades in various capacities, including a year spent at the Carter White House working on health and hunger issues, and a period as Director of USAID’s Office of Research. John was interested professionally in research and development programs, and the impact of information and communications technology on development. At USAID he worked on issues of technology and science for developing countries for more than a decade, most frequently on programs global in scope. He managed both research and grants programs, as well as science and technology assessments in developing countries. After retiring from USAID, he was for several years a freelance consultant on science, technology and development for various organizations, including the World Bank, where he participated in the design of development projects such as the World Bank’s Millennium Science Project in Uganda.
John traveled extensively and worked in 35 countries before finally retiring after 50 years of professional work. In the years since, John devoted considerable time to supporting UNESCO, creating and maintaining websites for various organizations, blogging, and participating in a history book club. John taught at several universities throughout his career and is a published author of chapters in books, journal articles, magazine articles and reviews, and online articles.