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Janet Daniel ’45

Posted On - March 14, 2017

Janet Daniel ’45, a proud and engaged Bruin, passed away on January 16, 2017 in Roseville, California.

Daniel was born May 27, 1923 in Culver City, California and grew up in the Westwood Village area of Los Angeles. She graduated from University High School and attended one year at Chapman College before matriculating to UCLA.

Daniel flourished on the UCLA campus. She was the first female president of a UCLA junior class, president of the Chi Omega sorority and a member of the University system’s “Cal Club,” serving as the UCLA representative on the multi-campus coordinating committee. Daniel was also the president of the prestigious Mortar Board society, a national honor society that recognizes college seniors for their achievements, provides opportunities for continued leadership development, promotes service to colleges and universities and encourages lifelong contributions to the global community. In her last year at UCLA, she was one of 15 students selected by the undergraduate student body as outstanding undergraduates for that year. She graduated with a degree in economics.

In 1948, she married John J. S. Daniel. This began their 68 years of married life.

Throughout her life Daniel was a highly active community member, participating in church choirs, Girl Scout troops, choral groups and helping in charitable organizations. She also served one year as president of the Hidden Valley Women’s’ Club in Loomis, California. In her retirement years, Daniel became a real estate broker and worked with her husband. During this period she became a charter member of the National Assistance League where she served as treasurer. She also became treasurer for many years of the Sacramento Chapter of the UCLA Alumni Association.

She is survived by her husband after 68 years of married life, John J. S. Daniel; their son John Daniel, Jr. and his partner, Charles Bierswirth; their daughter Adrienne Evans and her husband Greg Evans; sister Gayle Williams; and grandsons Parker Evans and Chase Evans. She is preceded in death by her parents, William A. Dunn and Alma Faye Dunn; and sisters Frances Wardon and Adrienne Grimshaw.