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Peter John Lovell Daniels of Frisco and Longmont, CO died on December 26, 2012 from complications of throat cancer. He was 78 years of age. Peter was born June 7, 1934 in Stockport, Cheshire, England to Leonard and Dorothy Daniels. He was brought up during WWII in the small village of Heaton Mersey. After elementary school he attended Stockport Grammar School which he left at age 16 to work as a lab boy at the Geigy Pharmaceutical Company (now part of Novartis). Working at night, he obtained a State Scholarship which paid his way through college. He attended Manchester University where he received his BSc degree with First Class Honors in 1956 and was awarded the class prize in Organic Chemistry. He received his MSc by thesis a year later for research in steroid chemistry, with Dr. Hershel Smith as mentor. He then transferred to the University of London where he worked with Prof. Derek Barton, later Sir Derek and Nobel Laureate. After receiving his Ph. D. in 1960 he did post-doctoral studies at the Royal Technical College, Stockholm, Sweden and at Johns Hopkins University. He then embarked on a lifelong career in the Pharmaceutical Industry. In 1962 he joined the Schering Corporation (later Schering-Plough) as a Senior Research Chemist where he stayed for 23 years. His work in the allergy area resulted in the discovery of azatidine (Optimine, Trinalin) for treatment of clinical allergies. Several years later this work led to the better known second generation non-sedating antihistamine loratidine (Claritin), which became the Company's best seller. Peter's best known work was in the antibiotics field where, as head of a very talented group of co-workers, numerous advances were made. These included structure determination of new aminoglysoside antibiotic including gentamicin, verdamicin, G-418, and the synthesis of improved derivatives. This work yielded the marketed antibiotics netilmicin and isepamicin. As Senior Director of Chemical Research, Peter also contributed to the advance of the novel topical anti-inflammatory steroid mometasone (Nasonex, Elocon). At age 50, Peter moved to the commercial side of the pharmaceutical business and devoted the rest of his career to Business Development. In 1984 he moved to the Upjohn Company (later Pharmacia & Upjohn, Pharmacia, now Pfizer). Working with pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies on a worldwide basis he negotiated over fifty agreements, many of them in Japan involving rights to new drugs and technology. The most significant of these were negotiation of western hemisphere rights to the anti-cancer drug, irinotecan, (Camptosar) The drug became widely used and, at peak, had annual sales close to $1 billion/year. In the course of this work he was very much attracted to Japanese culture and tradition, including Japanese cuisine. He made many friends during his 62 visits. During this time he lived for 20 years with his family on beautiful Gull Lake in Michigan. Peter is the author or coauthor of 42 original articles, reviews and book chapters as well as a number of published abstracts. He is the holder of 25 US patents. He served for several years on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Antibiotics (Tokyo) and is an Emeritus Member of the American Chemical Society and the American Society for Microbiology. He was a frequent speaker at their national meetings. Peter had a lifelong devotion to sailboat racing and cruising, SCUBA diving, and skiing. He was awarded his University Colors for sailboat racing at London University in 1960 and in 1984 he was Commodore of the Pines Lake Sailing Club in Wayne, New Jersey. SCUBA diving took Peter to many out-of-the-way places like Saipan, and Truk Lagoon in the western Pacific. Peter married Carolann Smith in 1967 and became an instant father (stepson Randy). Two more sons, Jeremy and Michael followed, as well as adopted son Sean. When not working the family enjoyed travel, sailboat racing on Gull Lake and cruising in New England, the Caribbean and the Bahamas on chartered sailboats. Peter was his son's soccer coach throughout high school. In 2000 Carol passed away and in 2002 Peter retired. He eventually moved to Frisco, Colorado to focus on another lifelong passion, skiing. In his travels to Colorado, Peter met Gisela Hertrich and in 2006 they were married. They settled in Frisco and Longmont and spent their time skiing, biking, visiting with friends and family and travelling. Peter especially enjoyed Gisela's vast following of friends and family. Peter was preceded in death by his parents, first wife, Carol, Mother in Law, Ann and stepson Randy. He is survived by wife Gisela and her family, sister Sandra of Oxford, England, sons Jeremy and Michael, grandchildren Richard, Dylan and Sierra, adopted son Sean, brothers and sister in law Richie, Ray and Susie and their families. A memorial service will be held 10:30am Saturday January 12, 2013 at Central Presbyterian Church in Longmont, Colorado. Cremation at Ahlberg Funeral Chapel and Crematory. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to HospiceCare of Boulder/Broomfield counties or the charity of your choice. Visit www.ahlbergfuneralchapel.com to share condolences.

Published in Longmont Times-Call on Jan. 6, 2013
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