GARDINER--D. Daniel Willard, 77, died on May 15. Born July 19, 1934, in Philadelphia, he attended The Episcopal Academy and graduated in 1956 from Princeton University, where he majored in history and American studies and was captain of the squash team. He was active in the First Troop Philadelphia City Calvary. During his adult life, he lived in New York City, Long Island and Chappaqua, N.Y., Little Compton, R.I., and, most recently, Princeton, N.J. He was a Chartered Financial Analyst and, for most of his career, a partner in the asset management firm W.H. Reaves & Co., specializing in the telecommunications industry. After retiring in 1998, he became a passionate leader of Princeton ReachOut56-81-06, and, in 2007, his Princeton classmates presented him with the Distinguished Classmate Award for his contributions. ReachOut56-81-06 is a philanthropic effort of Princeton's classes of 1956, 1981, and 2006. Its projects include coordinating college guidance programs and other volunteer efforts in underserved schools, and the annual award of one-year fellowships to graduating Princeton seniors who seek to implement public interest projects they have designed. A tournament player in several racquet sports, Dan also relished a good game of family doubles and was thrilled when he finally had enough tennis-playing grandchildren to host a family tournament. He is survived by Joyce Warren Gardiner, his wife of 40 years, his brother, John F. Gardiner, Jr., Dan's five children, Daphne Trotter, Willard Gardiner, Sargent Gardiner, Michael Gardiner, and Meg Gardiner, and nine grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at 4:30pm on Thursday, June 7, at the Princeton University Chapel, on the main campus in Princeton, New Jersey. Donations to PrincetonReachOut56-81-06 are welcome at http://www.princetonreachout. org/donate or by check to â€œPrincetonReachOut56-81-06â€ at 12 Stockton Street, Princeton, NJ 08540.
Published in The New York Times on May 20, 2012