Emilio Q. Daddario ’39

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Emilio Q. “Mim” Daddario ’39 – His success in Wesleyan athletics presaged accomplishments in military service and elected politics. Daddario entered military service as a private in February 1943 and was assigned to Office of Strategic Service (OSS), Secret Intelligence division in Italy. He served with distinction and was awarded the Legion of Merit and the Italian Medaglia d’Argento. He captured Mussolini’s Chief of Staff, Marshall Rodolfo Graziani in Milan at the end of the war in April 1945. At that time, he left active service with the rank of Captain. Upon his return to the United States he became active in politics and law and held a number of public offices which included a two year term as Mayor of Middletown (Conn.) (1946-1948); two years of service as a Municipal Court judge (1948-1950), culminating in six terms representing Connecticut’s 1st Congressional District in the U. S. Congress from 1958 through 1970. His political career was interrupted by his return to active military duty during the Korean War where he served as a Major with the 43rd Division of the Connecticut National Guard (1950-1952).

At Wesleyan, “Mim” lettered three times in both football and baseball and was considered one of the finest players ever to play Wesleyan football. He carried Wesleyan football to three straight winning seasons and a collective 15-8-1 mark from 1936-38. An elusive ball carrier and tenacious defender, Mim was twice honored with the C. Everett Bacon Award as the team’s most valuable player and he captained the ’38 squad. In baseball, Mim excelled as an infielder and hit over .500 his senior year. He played professional football after college with the Hartford Blues and later with the Providence Steamrollers.

Perhaps Mim’s only political setback came in 1970 when he ran unsuccessfully for governor of Connecticut. Undaunted he continued his public service in the 1970s as the first Director of the Office of Technology Assessment from 1973 to 1977, president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) from 1977-78 and co-chair of the Conference of Lawyers and Scientists from 1979-89. That organization was founded in 1974 through a joint effort of the AAAS and the American Bar Association. He also served on Wesleyan’s Board of Trustees and received an Honorary Doctorate of Science from his alma mater in 1967, along with many from other prestigious institutions. Mim resides in Washington, D.C.