Kenneth Daly

May 9, 1945June 14, 2021

Kenneth (Ken) Daly, a resident of Malvern, PA, died on June 14 at the age of 76.

He is survived by his wife, Donna, his two sons ( Matthew and Andrew), his two daughters-in-law ( Kristen and Erin), and his six grandchildren ( Luke, Caleb, Nate, Elsa, Maren, and Lydia). He is predeceased in death by his brother (George), his mother (Katherine), and his father (George).

Ken was raised in Philadelphia, PA, and Claymont, DE. He graduated from the University of Delaware, where he met the love of his life, Donna Jean Jones. Ken and Donna were married in 1968 and enjoyed over 52 years of marriage. Newly married, they moved to California when Ken was stationed in San Francisco while he served in the army as a lieutenant.

After a brief army career, Ken earned his Certified Public Accountant designation and was hired by the accounting firm Peat Marwick (later KPMG) where he had a long, distinguished career and retired as a senior partner. For the next 10 years, Ken served as the Chief Executive Officer of the National Association of Corporate Directors, a non-profit based in Washington D. C., which advocates for the best practices in corporate governance, until his retirement.

Ken never forgot his humble beginnings and regularly preached and practiced the values of persistent hard work and good morals. He was actively involved for many years at his church, Saint Luke Lutheran in Devon, PA. For those who had the honor of knowing Ken, they will remember an extremely generous man who was a significant donor to several charitable organizations, especially Lutheran Services of America, where he served on the Board of Directors. He also served on the Board for Powerlytics. Additionally, Ken was invited back to KPMG, serving on the Board as a senior adviser of the Board Leadership Center. He had the exceptional gift of recognizing the needs and potential of those whom he met and would regularly go out of his way to help support and encourage loved ones, acquaintances, and strangers to achieve their goals.

Ken was a devoted father, husband, grandfather, and friend. He enjoyed traveling and vacationing with family and friends. As a member of Chester Valley Golf Club, Ken was an avid golfer and also played regularly with his good friends throughout the U. S., as well as Ireland. He will likely be remembered by all as, perhaps, having the largest memory bank of jokes of anyone they ever met. Ken was loved by everyone who knew him and will be deeply missed by his family and many friends.

A visitation will be held on Thursday evening, June 24th, from 6:00 – 8:00pm, at Alleva Funeral Home, Inc. 1724 E. Lancaster Ave, Paoli, PA.

On Friday, June 25th, a visitation from 10:00 - 11:00am will be held at Saint Luke Lutheran Church, 203 N. Valley Forge Rd., Devon, PA; with a Funeral Service to follow beginning at 11:00am. A light luncheon will be served at the church following the funeral.

In lieu of flowers, charitable donations may be made to Lutheran Services of America, Saint Luke Lutheran Church in Devon, PA, or Paoli Hospital, Paoli, PA.


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Hazel Thomas

July 21, 2021

Goodbye Uncle Froggy we will miss you.

Steve Burkardt

June 27, 2021

Ken was my friend and neighbor and one of the warmest people I’ve ever met. He glowed. Ken showed a genuine interest in everyone around him and was not impressed with others, or his own, social standing. I watched him kindly interact with contractors, gardeners and neighbors. Everyone received love and an attentive ear. I will miss Ken, his stories, and his love.

Linda Richardson

June 24, 2021

For over 40 year I consulted to so many executives and sales organizations. Ken stands out not only as very smart but the kindest, the most thoughtful and supportive client. He was a giver and always there to offer a helping hand. I never met Donna but he spoke of her, his children, and the home he loved. This is truly a loss. My condolences to his lovely family. Linda Richardson

Mike and Jane Balbirnie

June 24, 2021

Ken was instrumental in both our professional careers at KPMG, and we always considered him our friend. He was a man of his word and a sincere developer of talent and integrity. We are both better for having him in our lives. Donna, you and your family are in our prayers.

Sheryl Thornton

June 24, 2021

I was saddened to hear of Ken's passing. I will remember fondly our afternoon Ice Cream outings while working at NACD and listening to his many stories about family and life. Gone from our sight, but never from our hearts.

Dana Hermanson

June 24, 2021

I am saddened to hear of Ken’s passing - my condolences to his family. Ken was a delightful person and a major influence on the corporate governance field. I am very grateful for his support of governance research and his constant energy and enthusiasm for improving the field.

Dana Hermanson
Kennesaw State University

Matthew Lucas

June 23, 2021

Ken or Mr. Daly as I mostly knew him through his son Andy was very generous both with his advice and memories. From providing a place to stay, food, fishing tips, or career advice he was always willing. He helped me find work when I was in desperate need, he allowed me to tag along on fishing trips, and provided good advice on life. Probably most importantly he raised a great kid who was a good friend to me, can't ask for any better testament to a good life. We will miss his impact, but we will always cherish the memories.

Sandra Beach Lin

June 23, 2021

It was always a pleasure to watch Ken lead NACD meetings & conferences. He was warm, funny and very, very experienced. He was a terrific leader and a great person.

Bob Mitchell

June 23, 2021

When I was in between jobs, Ken coached me and did a mock interview, which helped me land my next job. Ken provided me with valuable feedback and business knowledge. Through that experience, I got to know Ken much better. I knew him from Saint Luke Lutheran Church in Devon, where we both worshipped, but this gave me the opportunity to get to know Ken much better. A compassionate human being. I am going to miss seeing Ken at church.
- Bob Mitchell, King of Prussia, PA

Kimberly Simpson

June 22, 2021

Ken always gave credit where it was deserved. He was smart, funny, down to earth...and a huge contributor to the field of governance and to NACD's growth and success. He will live on in NACD's work and in the hearts of many of our staff members.

Sending warm thoughts to the family.

Kimberly Simpson