Oct. 20, 2005 • Volume 14 Number 4

Former History Professor Daly Dies

A funeral Mass was celebrated on Oct. 14 at St. Patrick's Church in Natick for Prof. Emeritus William M. Daly '42 (History), who died on Oct. 11 at his home in Natick. Prof. Daly, who was 84, taught at Boston College from 1947 to 1986.

In addition to nurturing generations of BC students in the discipline of historical method, Prof. Daly published monographs on aspects of the intellectual life of late classical and Merovingian Gaul in Medieval Studies, Traditio, Speculum and other journals.

An active member of Americans for Democratic Action, during the 1950s Prof. Daly joined a group of Harvard and Boston College faculty members who met regularly to discuss social and political issues, and to explore the relationship between Catholic and secular liberal scholars, as recounted in John Cort's recent memoir Dreadful Conversions: The Making of a Catholic Socialist. He also was present during the formative years of the American Association of University Professors at BC.

Prof. Daly, a West Stockbridge native, served in World War II as a combat navigator with the 15th US Army Air Force in Italy. Shot down over Munich in October 1944, he spent the winter of 1944-45 as a prisoner of war in Germany. From 1945-46 he served on the staff of the Army's Clemency Board, reviewing wartime court martial sentences.

In addition to his academic career and involvement in social causes, Prof. Daly was an amateur pianist and occasional choral singer who held a warm appreciation for classical music and jazz.

He leaves his wife, Catherine R. Daly (McCarthy), three children - Michael of Manlius, NY; Patricia Daly of Norfolk, Conn., and William F. of Leicester, Mass. - six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Donations may be sent to the Natick Visiting Nurse Association, 209 West Central St., Natick 01760, or to MetroWest HomeCare and Hospice, 85 Lincoln St., Framingham 01702.

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