Kenneth H. McDaniel, a resident of Cranston, Rhode Island, died suddenly at home on June 11, 2019. Born in Norfolk, Virginia in 1947 to the late Josephine (Harrison) and Clyde McDaniel, Kenneth was a graduate of Norfolk Catholic High School and Brown University class of 1969, where he served as the spokesperson for the 1968 black student walkout.
After graduation, he was active in many Brown University organizations, including the Board of Trustees, the Alumni Association’s Board of Governors, the Multicultural Alumni Committee, and the Advisory Council on Relations with Tougaloo College. He was recently re-elected as President of the Times2 STEM Academy in Providence. He retired from the Naval Undersea Warfare Center in Newport in 2003 after 32 years of distinguished service as the former deputy EEO officer. Over his 30 year tenure in this role, he served on the Navy’s World-Wide Civilian Personnel BOG; managed a local HBCU engineering co-op program; initiated efforts to form STEM adjunct programs in Newport and Providence public schools; and helped to bring US FIRST (competitive robotics) to Rhode Island. Earlier in his career he founded and managed the Dropout Prevention Program for the Providence School Department.
He is survived by his wife Susan Anderson McDaniel, children Dawn, Sean, Raymond (Reyna), Jennifer, Emily and Kathryn McDaniel, 14 grandchildren, and numerous great-grandchildren. Also surviving are his brother Clyde and sister Valerie Huggins. He was predeceased by his sister Josephine Lockette and brother William Jordan.
Ken lived a principled, faith-filled life.
He was a servant without being self-servant – a mentor, a coach, a teacher, a kind and generous friend and supporter – selflessly giving of himself without any expectations in return.
In 1969, Ken was called into the service and spent six years state-side in the Army. The bonds of friendship formed so many years ago, many are still present today.
We would like to acknowledge Ken’s extended family – Alfie Lockette, Audrey and Edward Clifton, Rogeriee Thompson, cousins, nieces and nephews, knowing how much they are grieving this unexpected loss.
Always a smile and a warm greeting for everyone – and as Ken would say, “You’re never invited, but always welcome.”
To honor the life of Kenneth McDaniel, we ask that you perform a random Act of Kindness for someone. We will miss our beloved husband, father, brother, friend.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, June 18, 2019 at 10:00 AM in St. Paul’s Church, One St. Paul Place, Edgewood. Burial will be private. Calling hours will be held on Monday, June 17, 2019 from 4-8 PM in the PERRY-McSTAY FUNERAL HOME, 2555 Pawtucket Avenue, East Providence. In lieu of flowers the family requests contributions to the Ken McDaniel ’69 P’13 Memorial Fund, Gift Cashier, Box 1877, Providence, RI 02912, USA.
Please join the family at the Edgewood Yacht Club (1 Shaw Avenue in Cranston) immediately after the service.