Theodore H. Daniels, 57, owned the Daniels Group

February 25, 1997|By Robert Hilson Jr. | Robert Hilson Jr.,SUN STAFF

Theodore H. Daniels, a Woodlawn resident, had three loves -- his family, his work and his college fraternity.

"He was just a workaholic," said S. Lee Martin, a longtime friend. "He always had business ventures going. But he was really a family man. He worked hard for his family."

Mr. Daniels, who operated a variety of businesses, was found fatally shot Tuesday nightin his office on Gwynn Oak Avenue. He was 57.

"He'd come in at various hours. It didn't matter to him," said Samuel Patterson, who runs a nearby business. "He's the kind of person anyone would want to work for them because he always put in hard day's work."

Since the early 1990s, Mr. Daniels owned and operated the Daniels Group, which included consulting and pre-paid legal services firms, and mortgage financing and real estate services.

He had previously worked for the Westinghouse Electric Corporation for more than 20 years, advancing up the ranks from messenger to manager of the Equal Opportunity Employment unit.

"He was just the kind of person that everyone seemed to get along fine just with," said Bernard Winterson, who worked with Mr. Daniels at Westinghouse. "Everyone liked him and he had a lot of drive to succeed."

A native of New Jersey, Mr. Daniels came to Baltimore in the 1950s, attended the then-Morgan State College and graduated from the University of Baltimore in 1960.

While at Morgan, he was a member of the track team, worked in the library and became a member of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity.

"He was in love with Kappa. He liked the brotherhood," said Mr. Martin, a fraternity brother. "He believed in helping others, that's why he liked the Kappas so much."

Mr. Daniels was most active in the Kappa alumni chapter and enjoyed helping young men get started in the business world, Mr. Martin said.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. today at Heritage United Church of Christ, 3110 Liberty Heights Ave.

He is survived by his wife, the former Myrna Lucille Parsons, whom he married on Valentine's Day 1960; a son, Theodore H. Daniels Jr., and two daughters, Theresa Daniels and Melanie Daniels, all of Baltimore; three brothers, Ernest Daniels, Benjamin Daniels and Emory Daniels, all of Camden, N.J.; two sisters, Grace Daniels of Camden and Deborah Jackson of Jacksonville, Fla.; and two grandchildren.

Pub Date: 2/25/97

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