Joan Wright McDaniel

June 15, 1917November 14, 2012


Departed this life on November 14, 2012. Born in New Milford, Connecticut, the daughter of Dr. George and Ella Cable Wright. Joan attended the Wykeham Rise School in Washington, Connecticut and was a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Smith College having also earned a Degre Superieur from l'Universite Paris-Sorbonne during her junior year abroad. She was descended from Governor William Bradford of the Plymouth Colony. Her ancestors served in the colonial Massachusetts legislature and in the U.S. Senate, negotiated with the Knickerbockers for the British occupation of Connecticut, donated the land, window glass and nails for the first building of Yale University, led the Massachusetts militia in the Pequot War, and fought in the Connecticut Line under Washington in the Revolution. Joan volunteered for Georgetown charities, taught at the St. John's Episcopal Church Nursery School on O Street, and served as the executive director of Georgetown Children's House. She married the late Alden West McDaniel in 1941 and had three children, all surviving: Caroline F. Lamphier, Joan B. Harris, and Dr. Alan B. McDaniel. Joan is also survived by 10 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Services will be held at Christ Church, 3115 "O" St. N.W. Washington, DC on Saturday, November 24, at 10 a.m.


  • Memorial Service Saturday, November 24, 2012

Joan Wright McDaniel

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Nancy Carter-Foster

April 5, 2013

Dear Caroline, Joan and Alan:

I just found out about the passing of your lovely and kind mother, Joan McDaniel. I worked with her at Georgetown Children's House and for many years stayed in contact. We had missed a dinner together a few years ago, and follow-up efforts and visits to the house concerned me that I had lost my friend. I will always remember fondly the kind, elegant and stately lady known as Joan McDaniel, who took me into her home and her family. I will miss her!

Nancy Carter-Foster

Brad Smith

November 28, 2012

To Aunt Joan's Family:

Aunt Joan's reminiscences of the past made my heritage come alive.

November 23, 2012

Dear Caroline, Joan and Alan,

God saw she was getting tired,
so God put His arms around her and
whispred "Come with me."
A golden heart has stopped beating
Hard working hands are at rest

Most Sincerely,
The Oertel Family
Evelyn, Pat, Lynda & Judy

John Wright

November 17, 2012

John Wright

November 17, 2012

To the Family of Aunt Joan,
We have all lost a brightstar in our family. She will always be remembered and missed as a model of grace, charm and gentility.
With our deepest sympathies and prayers.

John Wright and Michael Casper