Roland E. McDaniel, a retired AT&T supervisor and an archaeologist who helped preserve prehistoric Indian grounds at construction sites along the Potomac River, died of emphysema Nov. 21 at his Frederick County home. He was 61.
Mr. McDaniel was employed 30 years with AT&T. He was hired as a linesman, held several positions with the utility's long-distance communications division and retired in 1989 as a personnel manager.
An archaeology enthusiast, Mr. McDaniel worked extensively on prehistoric sites along the Potomac.
He became fascinated with archaeology in 1972 when his young daughter showed him a spear point found in a creek behind the family's Rockville home and began studying prehistoric cultures and relics.
In 1988, Mr. McDaniel obtained a Ph.D. in archaeology from American University. He also held a master's degree in business administration from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and, earlier, received a bachelor's degree from George Washington University.
Mr. McDaniel, subsequently, published articles about prehistoric pottery in the Pennsylvania Archaeologist and Maryland Archeology. He was a member of the Archeological Society of Maryland and often lectured to community and professional groups.
The son of a naval officer, Mr. McDaniel was born in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, and grew up "on the move," living at every naval base along the east and west coasts, family members said.
He later received an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy but left in 1954 to marry the former Joanne Barkdoll of Hagerstown.
The couple had three daughters and settled in Rockville. They later divorced.
Mr. McDaniel moved from the Washington area several years ago and bought a farm in Frederick County.
A former race car driver, he tinkered with old sports cars as a hobby and was rebuilding a 1955 white Spider Porsche at the time of his death. He enjoyed drawing and each Christmas sent humorously illustrated cards to friends and relatives.
Mr. McDaniel's survivors include three daughters, Melissa J. McDaniel of Harpers Ferry, W. Va., Robin L. McDaniel of Rockville and Kimberly S. McDaniel of Washington; and a brother, Robert L. McDaniel of Jamestown, Calif.
The family suggests memorial donations to the American University's department of archeology: American University Development Office, Constitution Building 2nd floor, Tenley Campus, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C., 20016-8143.