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Robert A. McDaniel, 86

Marlborough – Robert A. "Rab" McDaniel, 86, died peacefully at home Saturday, July 19, 2008, surrounded by his family.

He leaves his loving wife of 57 years, Rita (Dumas) McDaniel; his children and their spouses, Peter and Meryl McDaniel, John McDaniel, and Barbara and Dee Wilson; his sister, Priscilla Guerrieri; and his grandchildren, Donald, Todd and Tyler.

Born in Newton, the son of M. Arthur and Anne (McDonald) Mc- Daniel, he had lived in Marlborough for many years. He graduated from Newton High School in 1939 and attended Franklin Technology Institute, majoring in Chemistry. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps from 1942-45 as a B-29 flight engineer, achieving the rank of 2nd lieutenant.

After leaving the Army, Mr. McDaniel went to work for the Dennison Manufacturing Co. in Framingham, where he worked as a chemical researcher for 41 years before retiring in 1987. While at Dennison, he was a member of the American Chemical Society and published two articles in the Society's Journal.

Mr. McDaniel led a very active life and enjoyed going to museums, golf, tennis, hiking and especially skiing. He was a member and former president of both the Jericho Ski Club and the Marlborough Tennis Club. In 1948, he was one of the founding members of the Prospectors Ski Club, which had its origins at Prospect Hill in Waltham. He was instrumental in moving the club to its present home in North Conway, N.H. He served two terms as club president and organized many ski racing events and hikes in the White Mountains. He was also a member of the National Ski Patrol for many years and imparted his love of skiing to all who knew him.

The highlight of his active life was carrying the Olympic torch through the streets of Boston as part of the torch relay leading up to the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics. He also competed at the 2000 National Senior Games held at Lake Placid, N.Y., winning gold medals in both the Men's Slalom and Giant Slalom.

Funeral services were held July 22 from the John P. Rowe Funeral Home of Marlborough, with burial with military honors at Evergreen Cemetery. Memorial donations (designated to either HomeCare or Hospice) may be made to MetroWest HomeCare & Hospice, 85 Lincoln St., Framingham, MA 01702.

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