Jim Daly was small in High School in a
Washington mill-town, so he was not able to participate in many of the
artistic activities he would have liked to. He gave up the violin
in the eighth grade and did not sing in order to avoid being beat up
more often than he already was. Instead he joined the U.
S. Marine Corps to grow up and get tough, upon graduation in
1970. (Really he wanted to avoid working in one of the mills all
The Marine Corps was good and he ended up spending 22 years.
Along the way he visited Viet Nam and 26 other countries virtually
around the world (even if his view of these exotic places was only about
500 meters out from a fighting hole). In 1979, Jim was selected to
participate in the Marine Corps Enlisted Commissioning Education Program
(MECEP), and study at the David
Eccles School of Business at the University
of Utah, in Salt Lake City. In March 1981, he graduated with a B.S.
in Management and a second B.S. in Finance, and was Commissioned a
Second Lieutenant. Then in 1986, Jim applied for and was accepted
to study Information Systems Technology at the Naval
Postgraduate School in Monterey, California.
Jim had always sung enthusiastically (spelled LOUD) in church, but
was never a member of any performing group until he began singing
barbershop lead and baritone (but not at the same time) in Monterey with
the Cypressaires of the SPEBSQSA Far Western District
in 1986, to
release some of the pressures of study. He graduated in 1987 with
an M.S. in Information Systems Engineering, and reported to Fort
Monmouth, New Jersey for his "payback" tour. Jim continued
his Business Administration education and received an M.A. in
Management/Business Administration from Webster
University in 1989. He then began a nine year career as an
Adjunct Professor of Information
Technology at Monmouth University
in West Long Branch, NJ.
In New Jersey Jim joined the Asbury Park Chapter where he sang tenor
(which is why Jim's picture in dress, wig, and heels is prominent in the
Chapter history). In 1988, Jim was asked to join the Quartet College
Tradition to replace a departing member. He sang with this
non-competitive quartet until 1994 when it disbanded. He gave up active
participation in chorus in 1993 due to external schedule pressures.
Having moved to California he joined the San Mateo
County Chapter Golden
Chordsmen in November 1999, and was a founding member of Sound
Judgment in July 2000. He also sings as a member of his
church choir at Our Savior's Lutheran
Church, Pacifica, CA.
Jim is the Systems Manager for the San Francisco Regional Office of
the Department of Labor, Employment
Standards Administration. He manages 40 personnel in network
support, data entry, imaging, and clerical support functions. He is
responsible for over 900 accounts on a network of 57 sites from Guam to
Anchorage to Denver to Phoenix.
Jim loves to run. He also reads, enjoys wood working, auto
mechanics, and PC's. He builds and repairs computers as a
sideline, and built and maintains websites for the Quartet, the San Mateo Chapter
Golden Chordsmen, and Our Savior's Lutheran Church.