Eliot Daley

Writer harvesting experience as founder of businesses, management consultant, and clergy.

My career spans multiple causes and enterprises. Early in my career I taught and counseled at both the high school and college levels, was a chaplain (Middlebury College) and a parish minister, and early student of the social impact of TV. This led to my association with Fred Rogers, where I served as President of the “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” organization and wrote many scripts for the program in its early years. Later, I founded or co-founded several consulting companies. The first of these provided counsel to philanthropists, foundations and major corporations like AT&T to optimize their charitable contributions. Another of my companies developed long-range strategy for health care organizations including Mayo Clinic and Johnson & Johnson. Later, I was a leader in several medical technology companies, from which pursuits I retired to devote myself to full-time writing. I am the author of Father Feelings (William Morrow and Pocketbooks), Sick and Tired of Being Fat (HarperCollins and Hazelden), numerous articles and Op-Eds and letters to the Editor. I have completed manuscripts for two more books, Taking Your Lumps (a lessons-learned-in-business memoir) and Formerly Called ‘Retirement’ (reflections on the transition to a world beyond the realm of employment). I write regularly on current affairs that either inspire or aggravate me. I hold the A.B. and M.A. degrees in the social sciences and education, respectively, from California State University at Fresno and the B.D. degree in theology from San Francisco Theological Seminary (Presbyterian). I am married to the Rev. Patricia Daley, and we are the parents of three adult children and grandparents to seven above-average younger people. In addition to spending time with my family and other friends, my personal delights include tennis, sailing, golf, travel, theater, music, books, auto racing, fireworks, worship, kite-flying, writing, singing, and daydreaming.