Notable alumnus and integral member of the University of Dallas community, Mark Patrick (“Pat”) Daly passed away on March 6 following a brief illness.
Daly’s passing was a blow to many who have had the chance to know him since he came to UD in the 70s as an undergraduate student (BA ‘76).
Daly also earned his MBA from UD in 1982, and since then he has committed himself to a wide array of campus projects.
Nearly every renovation or innovation on campus for the past thirty years can be partially attributed to his efforts, from Clark Hall to railings across campus.
University Historian Sybil Novinski has known Daly since his undergraduate days, and she attests to the consistent attention and care he paid to improving the university.
“The most recent experience I had was to mention to him that the sidewalk from Haggar to the East quad was treacherous when wet, etc. He said he’d look at it and about a week later asked if I’d been over to Carpenter lately–the sidewalk now had railings That was typical of [Daly]–he listened, if it was something he thought should be fixed and he could get it done it happened,” said Novinski.
“Patrick devoted the greater part of his life in service to UD, and his impact will be felt for generations,” said Dr. Brian Murray, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.
Murray, who knew Daly well, attests to the many facets of UD life which students may not even realize come directly from Daly’s personal investment and passion for the university.
“His influence is seen in the creation of the Capp Bar, in all major building projects since the science building, and in furnishings and decor,” said Murray.
Professor Emeritus of Art Lyle Novinski particularly remembers Daly’s work in creating the Capp Bar.
“Pat had long bemoaned the fact that this Italian oriented campus had no Cappuccino Bar,” said Novinski. “The opportunity came when Pat was in [the Graduate School of Management], and it came in the nature of a theoretical study on what it would take to design, build and capitalize a Cappuccino Bar on Campus.”
After working out the cost, Daly went to the administration, who was at first hesistant to give Daly the investment he wanted. However, he convinced them, and at the end of the first day, the “Capp” Bar had made 100 dollars at 25 cents a cup.
“[Daly] was instrumental in fostering outstanding relationships with the city of Irving and other entities from which the university benefits on almost a daily basis and in every major project for which the university needs assistance or cooperation,” said Murray.
His work with the city of Irving to enhance the quality and safety of the campus environment extends even to day-to-day realities which UD students might not attribute to administrative action at all.
“For example, [Daly] was in large part responsible for working with the city of Irving to install the enhanced signage and markings on Northgate that established the crosswalks for student safety between Tower Village and campus after students had been hit or nearly hit by cars,” said Murray.
Daly did it all: he was a director of the Rome campus, he was the university’s liaison with the City of Irving, and he was a man who deeply cared about each and every project which came his way; at the time of his passing, he had earned a reputation at UD of knowing what to do and how to get it done. Then he’d go ahead and do it.
“Patrick Daly as a colleague will be missed for his immense repository of knowledge about the university and its history as well as his laser sharp wit,” said Murray.
The Church of the Incarnation will be holding a visitation at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, March 10, and a rosary following at 7:30 p.m. The funeral mass, also held in the Church of the Incarnation, will be held on Saturday, March 11, at 10 a.m, followed by a reception in Haggar Cafeteria.
The family has requested that donations be made to the university “in memory of Patrick Daly;” they will be used to support both the Capp Bar and the Rome Program, just two of the many classic UD features whose present existence is owed to Daly’s devotion to the university.