Peter H. Dailey
1930 - 2018
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May 1, 1930 - March 11, 2018 Peter H. Dailey, entrepreneurial advertising executive, former United States Ambassador to Ireland, public servant, and family man died suddenly on Saturday, March 11, at his home in Pasadena, CA. He was 87 years old and charmingly irascible to the end. Dailey was devoted to his country. He was appointed U.S. Ambassador to Ireland by President Ronald Reagan in 1982 and served until 1984. Concurrently, in 1983 he served as President Reagan's Special Envoy to NATO member countries for intermediate nuclear weapons public diplomacy. He also served as a member of the Special Planning Group of the National Security Council. Dailey also was appointed by President Reagan as National Chairman for the 40th Annual Celebration of United Nations Day, and in 1988 he served as co-chairman of an international observer group to oversee the national plebiscite on President Pinochet in Chile. From 1985-1989, Dailey served in the Central Intelligence Agency as Counselor to the Director William J. Casey. He was appointed by President Reagan, confirmed by the Senate, and reaffirmed by President George H.W. Bush as a member of the General Advisory Committee of the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, a post he held from 1987-1994. Born in New Orleans, Dailey graduated from UCLA where he played rugby and football, including in the 1954 Rose Bowl, truly a highlight of his life. He was later inducted into the UCLA Athletic Hall of Fame. After serving in the U.S. Navy from 1954-1956, ending his service as a Lieutenant, he started in the mail room of a Los Angeles advertising agency. In 1968, realizing the mailroom was better off without him, Dailey founded Dailey & Associates Advertising; later the Dailey International Group. In 1983, Dailey International merged with the Interpublic Group of Companies, then the world's largest holding company for advertising agencies, and Dailey was named Vice Chairman and Director. At the time, Dailey International Group was the largest international advertising agency headquartered in the western United States, with offices in the U.S., Asia, and Europe. Throughout his advertising career, Dailey took occasional leaves of absence to answer the call to public service, serving as Deputy Director of the 1972 and 1980 Presidential campaigns of Presidents Nixon and Reagan, respectively, and for President Ford in his 1976 Presidential Primary. He also served as a Special Consultant to the State Department from 1980-1981. After stepping back from the public sector, Dailey began his career as a corporate director and board member. He served as a Director or Trustee of Chicago Title and Trust Company, the U.S. National Park Foundation, Jacobs Engineering Group Inc., the Young President's Organization, the American Association of Advertising Agencies, the American Irish Foundation, The Century Council, the Institute for Foreign Policy Analysis; and the Lady Bird Johnson National Wildflower Research Institute, as well as the international advisory boards of Cement Roadstone Holdings PLC (Ireland) and Waterford-Wedgewood (Ireland). He served as both President and Director of the World President's Organization. Always an ardent UCLA Bruin, he served as Director of the UCLA Alumni Association and on the Board of Overseers of UCLA's Anderson Graduate School of Management, and is a founding trustee of the UCLA Foundation. In his spare time, Dailey and his beautiful wife of 63 years, Jacqueline, raised five children. He is preceded in death by Jacqueline. Left behind are his loving, devoted family including Michael Ann Ewing (Jim), Sydney Jean Dailey, Peter H. Dailey Jr., Elizabeth 'Biz' Dailey (Scott Allen), Patricia Dailey Hayes (Richard) and grandchildren Christopher Ewing, Peter Davis Dailey, and Kathleen, Jack and Margaret Hayes. A funeral Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday, March 20 at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church, South Pasadena, with a reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to the Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles, 920 East Alhambra Road, Alhambra, California, 91801.

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Published in Los Angeles Times on Mar. 18, 2018.
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March 12, 2019
Yes was the football player at Bruinville,, UCLA rated 3rd 8-0 record, vs USC 1952. Trojans win 14-12, Pete missed a PAT, but kicked a field goal, 96K at Coliseum, Bukich to Carmichael , late go ahead TD.
Vic Bulaich
August 18, 2018
My grandmother worked for the Daileys when they owned the Running Y. When she was much to old to work they kept her in their employ.I think they must have hired her another house cleaner to do the actual work. They gave her a roundtrip airplane ticket to see her sister for Christmas one year who lived in Detroit . I think she got some Irish whiskey glasses with Peters name on them when he became ambassador she was very proud of.I just really can not say enough about how kind your mother and father were to her . She had saved their Christmas cards and from those I looked up and realized your father had passed. My grandmother's name was Mercy Slusher your might remember her from her wild plum jam that she made from plums on that property or the apas she liked a native American potato that grew there as well .
Linda Roeder
April 10, 2018
Gwili and I send our condolences to the Dailey family. We were with them in Ireland and have stayed in touch every year since. Without question Peter was the best, most effective, most thoughtful and considerate Ambassador we served with in the Foreign Service. He and Jackie were an amazing couple and we will continue to remember them fondly.
Ron and Gwili Clifton
March 20, 2018
Like Peter, I started my advertising career working in the mail room at Erwin Wasey in Los Angeles. Pete was an inspirational role model for all of us. He was instrumental in my attaining success both in the advertising business and throughout my life. All of us have benefited from having known Pete.

Rest in peace my friend.

Stu Burr
March 20, 2018
My father Tom Weber played at SC the same time as Pete played at UCLA, but they did not meet until both served in the Navy. Pete and Jackie and my mom Nancy and dad Tom became good friends and stayed in touch. When I came from Ohio to go to SC the Daileys took me under their wing, inviting me to parties and share Thanksgiving with them. Dad has passed, but mom Nancy and I send our condolences to the family and we cherish our memories of the Dailey's friendship and acts of kindness.

John and Nancy Weber,
Canton Ohio
March 19, 2018
Sincere condolences goes out to the Dailey family for your sad loss. May GOD be with the family as you mourn the loss of Peter. Hosea 13:14.
March 19, 2018
You didn't have to have a political preference to work at Dailey and Associates, just a love for what you did there and for the people you worked with. This was
because of the leadership of Pete Dailey. I spent 6 years at Dailey and Associates and looked forward to seeing his smiling face and wit. I never forgot this time in my career nor the leader who kept it simple, comfortable and happy. Rest in Peace Pete - you are now with your beloved Jacqueline
Lynda Parets
March 19, 2018
Didn't Pete play football at UCLA, remember a player in 1950-51, was a halfback/place/kicker ?
Vic Bullock
March 19, 2018
I had the privilege of working with Peter Dailey from 1976 until he left Dailey and Associates to pursue other ventures. He was a remarkable person. He knew everyone one at Dailey and often walked the halls just to say Good Morning to everyone from the mail person to the Cliff.

Blessing and comfort to his family.
Susie Rogers
March 18, 2018
May Pete's memory be eternal.
Tina and Spike Karalekas
March 18, 2018
There was no great friend than Pete Dailey. Spike and I are so fortunate to have spent some quality time with him and Jackie during the 40 years we knew him. May a choir of angels sing him to his rest (paraphrasing Hamlet). We will miss him terribly. Michael, Biz, Paddy Syd and Peter....please accept our heartfelt condolences.
Tina and "Spike" Karalekas
March 18, 2018
With heartfelt sympathy. Please accept my deepest condolences. May you continue to cherish his precious memories together. May you continue to cherish his precious memories together. May you find comfort in the God of all comfort to offer you comfort and the strength to endure during these difficult times ahead.
March 18, 2018
My deepest sympathies to his amazing family.
Caroline Webster
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