John Daly - 1963
(June 27, 1945 - July 29, 2006)
Bio & Picture - from 40th Reunion
I was born on Aruba, N. W. I. and lived there until age twelve. During the 1940’s, 1950’s & 1960’s, Aruba had the largest oil refinery in the world (Esso); now the island economy is based on tourism. My family moved to Columbia in 1956 and I began my time at West Boulevard Elementary, Jeff Jr., Hickman, U. M. C, & U. M. S. L.
Fall of 1963 I began 3 years at U. M. C. I joined a Military Police unit and soon after Robert McNamara (U. S. Secretary of Defense) included it in a 500,000 S. R. F. (active duty ready Select Reserve Force) which took twice the time I was expecting. The unit I was in (175th Military Police) is on active duty in Bosnia as of the writing.
I joined Xerox in 1968 through their St. Louis branch and went to U. M. S. L. for 2 years in the evenings. I was with Xerox during their 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th years. As the end of their 10th year they were the only company in the world to become a $Billion Corporation in a ten year period of time. Soon after, Wang and Apple joined that category. My two major accounts with Xerox were U. M. R. and Fort Leonard Wood.
I was homesick for Columbia and came home in February of 1972 to start Horizons Unlimited Rental Property that is mostly condominiums and apartments. As an aside, I can assure you that another classmate of ours, Dave Griggs, offers some very nice carpet and vinyl products.
I feel very lucky that my parents
retired to Columbia and I appreciate what an exceptional area it is.
I am really looking forward to our reunion.