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Robert William Daly

February 2, 1952 February 2, 2017
Robert William Daly
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Obituary for Robert William Daly

Robert William Daly, 64, passed away February 2, 2017. Robert, known as Bob, was the beloved husband of Mary Wall Coe Daly “Polly” and the late Lynn Kroeger Daly. Bob was born February 13, 1952 in Oceanside, NY. He is survived by his siblings Richard Timothy Daly (Jill Graves Daly) and Catherine Daly Mossholder (Andrew Mossholder).

Bob is also survived by his two children, Robert William Daly, Jr. “Will” and Ann Marsh Daly “Annie” and by his two stepchildren, Mary Stevenson Coe (Thomas Kuhn) and Livy Marion Coe, IV, plus grandson Peter Ulysses Kuhn, all of whom he loved deeply.

Bob graduated from Walt Whitman High School (Huntington, NY) in 1969, earned a BA magna cum laude in Russian Studies at Brown University in 1973 and a MBA with distinction at the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration in 1978. Following Brown, Bob worked at the Chase Manhattan Bank in international lending. His career after Harvard included Bain and Company; Daly, Hutcheson & Co.; Adler & Company; and TA Associates where he was General Partner for healthcare investments and served on numerous boards including U.S. Oncology, Inc.; Copley Pharmaceutical, Inc.; Health Net, Inc.; AmeriChoice Corporation; Heartlab Inc.; LeadScope, Inc.; Physician Alliance Network, Inc.; and Curative Health Services. From there, Bob organized MedEquity Investors, LLC, chaired Total Sleep Holdings, Inc. and founded The Periodic Breathing Foundation. Over thirty patents were issued to Bob for medical devices, instruments and products to address sleep-related respiratory dyscontrol. In addition he co-published numerous medical papers and funded research in the area of respiratory control and sleep-disordered breathing. Among Bob’s community activities were: Boston Symphony Orchestra - Overseer, Partners Healthcare – Committee on Corporate Sponsored Research and the Venture Advisory Committee of Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Bob possessed a superbly analytical mind, was very generous and embraced life fully, as his health permitted. He loved sailing, skiing, photography, playing the guitar, collecting paintings of Russian realism and working with electronics. His naturally curious mind led to many patented inventions. Bob’s foremost priority was caring for his family. He will be sorely missed by many.

An Episcopal service will be held at 11:00 am on Wednesday, February 8, at Grace Church 300 Westminster Street, Providence. Memorial contributions may be made to The Samaritans of Rhode Island (suicide prevention resource center), the Rhode Island Community Food Bank, Grace Church (capital campaign) or the Harvard Business School - F.S. Blackall Scholarship Fund (for non-profit leadership).

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