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Robert Anthony Daniel          

Philanthropist Businessman Leader

          Robert Anthony Daniel has distinguished himself in military service, business leadership and service to others, exemplifying the ideals The Citadel cherishes. A resident of Charleston, Mr. Daniel served in the United States Navy for three years during World War II, earning the American Theater Ribbon, the Asiatic Pacific Ribbon, the Philippine Liberation Medal and the World War II Victory Medal.

          Mr. Daniel enrolled at The Citadel as a veteran student in 1946. During his college career, he was a charter member of The Citadel American Legion Post, a member of the golf team and a cheerleader for three years, marking the beginning of decades of enthusiastic support for the college. In 1949, he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.

          Mr. Daniel joined Charleston Coca-Cola Bottling Company in 1951 as office manager and rose to the position of president and member of the Board of Directors in 1970.

          An active member of the Lowcountry community, Mr. Daniel has held leadership positions in the Sertoma Club of Charleston, the Episcopal Church of the Holy Communion, the St. Andrews Parish Charleston Merger Commission, the Trident Chamber of Commerce and the Charleston Clean City Commission. In 1994, he was instrumental in Coca-Cola's donation of its bottling plant - including more than two acres of land - to the City of Charleston for possible use for parks and recreation.

          Mr. Daniel is a past president of The Citadel Alumni Association, the Charleston Citadel Club and The Brigadier Century Club, a forerunner of The Citadel Brigadier Foundation. He served for two terms on The Citadel Board of Visitors and, in 1977, provided significant leadership in the development of The Citadel's Athletic Hall of Fame. In recognition of his interest and support of Citadel athletics, fellow alumni inducted Mr. Daniel as an honorary Hall of Fame member in 1994.


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