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Obituary: Daniel Daley Hotaling ’51

Daniel Daley Hotaling died peacefully on March 28, 2011, surrounded by his family at the Tidewell hospice center in Venice, Florida. He was born on September 24, 1928, in New York City. Daniel was preceded in death by his brother, David, and his parents, Russell and Amita Hotaling. Both of his parents worked in New York through the Depression. At an early age, Dan became an avid sports fan and played baseball and basketball on the Freeport (Long Island, NY) high school teams.

Dan cited his major early influence as Camp Killooleet in Hancock, Vermont. Dan became a camper at age six, and spent the next 6 summers in the educationally progressive and accepting setting...

In Junior High School, Dan became interested in magic and formed a performing duo with a friend, Jack Schultze. They did many shows through high school, sometimes netting as much as $25 for a show. Also during high school, he went steady with Phebe Sheard.

After high school in 1946, Dan returned to Camp Killooleet as a camp counselor and enrolled in Antioch College. He transferred to NYU after 3 years at Antioch College where he completed his BA and MA in education. In 1948, Dan fell in love with Wilma “Billie” Singer, and they were married in 1949.

Dan and Billie became the summer Camp Directors for the adolescent work and community service camp at Goddard College for 8 years. They remained married for 55 years until Billie passed away in 2004. Dan and Billie had 4 children: Kim, Dale, Carey and Clark.

Dan started his professional career in Maplewood, NJ, teaching social studies and English in Junior High School from 1953 through 1958. In 1958, Dan became an Assistant Professor of Education at Antioch College and the Upper Group teacher in the Antioch School. In the 1960s, he began working in the Antioch College Co-op Department, and remained there until the late 80s, where he worked toward his PhD at Ohio State. Dan became Director of Planned Giving for the Development office at Antioch College. In 1993, Dan completed the edit of J.D. Dawson's Autobiography which is one of many projects he had doing research in the Antioch College Archives.

During the mid-1980s, Dan and Billie vacationed in Maine, and in 1987 built a house on Deer Isle, Maine, 40 feet from the Atlantic Ocean. They moved to Deer Isle full time when Dan retired from Antioch in 1994. While there, he volunteered with the chess club and Island Heritage Trust, mentored at the high school, continued his sports and movie collecting, played golf, and enjoyed the community and natural setting of the island. After Billie's death in 2004, Dan wrote to his high school sweetheart, Phebe, who had been a widow for many years. She wrote back, and after several letters and a subsequent European vacation, they were married in Florida in February 2006. Dan and Phebe moved together to Red Bank, New Jersey after their marriage, and spent a portion of each winter in Venice, Florida.

Among Dan's many interests were: history (especially Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War), research, writing, editing, collecting, sports (primarily baseball, golf and squash), magic, movies, ecology and Native Americans. Throughout Dan's life, he maintained his sense of integrity, humor, compassion and kindness for others. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him. Dan is survived by his four adult children, 8 grandchildren: Travis, Avi, Rory, Rachel, Rusty, Christo, Jackson and Thomas, and his wife of 5 years, Phebe. Dan asked that any donations be made to The Seeger / Bartlett Scholarship Foundation, c/o Camp Killooleet, PO Box #1, Hancock, VT. 05748 or Tidewell Hospice, 5955 Rand Boulevard, Sarasota, FL 34238.