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Richard Warren McDaniel

Portland, Ore.

February 13, 1931 - February 16, 2015

McDaniel, 84, passed away Feb. 16, 2015, after a 10-day illness in Portland. Born on Feb. 13, 1931, to Wiley and Dorthy McDaniel and raised in The Dalles, Ore., McDaniel co-owned The Dalles Iron Works before moving to Portland in 1958.
He was an industrial metal machinist. Preceded in death by his parents and siblings Robert, Donald, Willagene, and David. His graveside service is Saturday Feb. 21 at noon at the Odd Fellows Cemetery.

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physics137 3 years, 2 months ago

In 1949 I, as a 3rd-year student of William Perkins at DHS, undertook to construct a Wilson cloud chamber (an instrument for showing the tracks of sub-atomic particles produced by cosmic rays), as my entry into the Westinghouse Science Talent Search competition. I was successful, invited (March 1951) to Washington DC to meet scientists and shake the hand of President Truman in his Oval Office. Stories appeared in The Chronicle on my return to The Dalles. Have always regretted that the stories failed to mention that the machine work was all done---after hours, free of charge, on a voluntary basis---by Richard McDaniel (son of Wiley McDaniel, from whom my father rented the Washington Street space from which for many years he operated Wheeler's Communications). I have enjoyed a long scientific life (taught mathematical physics for 47 years at Reed College), but have always been aware that I owe so much to Richard's skill and generosity. I regret that he is gone before I can thank him properly. Nicholas Wheeler, 3 April 2015

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