Memorial brings life to fond memories

By Stephen Appelblatt
Rider colleagues and students recalled fond memories of the life of Dr. James Dailey at a memorial service for him last week.
At the Gill Memorial Chapel service, Dailey, a man whom the interim dean of College of Business Administration, Dr. Anne Carroll, called “the voice of the College of Business,” was remembered by many for his commanding voice and willingness to help everyone.
“Jim was very dedicated to Rider,” Carroll said. “He was here every day. He always had his door open to welcome students.”
John Gleavy, a former student of Dailey’s, echoed those words when talking about how eager the professor was to lend a hand, and added on to the praise.
“He symbolized everything I hoped to have in a professor,” Gleavy said. “I was so grateful I got to have him.”
Dailey, who had been a professor at Rider since 1976, passed away on Jan. 22.
Dr. Dottie McMullen, who had taught her classes next door to Dailey since 1994, spoke of his calm demeanor and humor. She said that he would remain “a friend to me forever.”
“For me, Jim was a constant blessing that I would never forget, because he touched me so deeply,” McMullen said.
The service, full of prayers, stories of Dailey’s life, and music that paid homage to his Irish heritage, concluded after many said their farewells.
“So Jim, it’s goodbye for now,” assistant professor Carol Johnson said. “We all miss you and we will never forget you.”

Dr. James Dailey, associate professor in the College of Business Administration’s Information Systems and Supply Chain Management Department, passed away on Jan. 22.
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