Eleanor Daniel, ‘The Queen of Deans,’ Passes Away

Dr. Eleanor A. Daniel, 77, of Urbana, IL, referred to in a recent CHRISTIAN STANDARD article as “The Queen of Deans” because of her service as academic dean at three seminaries, died on March 2, 2017.

Eleanor Daniel

She was born Feb. 28, 1940, near Milton, IL, to Donald W. and Bernice (Hillig) Daniel. She spent more than 40 years ministering in churches, colleges, seminaries, and overseas. She earned a BA and an MA at Lincoln (IL) Christian University, and an MEd and PhD from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She held ministries in Tuscola, IL; Buchanan, MI; Oklahoma City, OK; Lincoln, IL; Cincinnati, OH; and Johnson City, TN.

She taught at Lincoln Christian University, Midwest Christian College (Oklahoma City, OK), Cincinnati (OH) Christian Seminary, Emmanuel Christian Seminary (Johnson City, TN), and TCM International Institute in Austria.

She loved traveling, which took her to many countries; in addition to Austria, she taught in Romania, Bulgaria, Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Ukraine, Russia, India, and the Philippines.

She was preceded in death by one sister, Glenna. She is survived by two sisters, Jean Sanderson and Kay Matthews, both of Urbana; and two brothers, Jerry Daniel and Terry Daniel, both of rural Pittsfield, IL.

Memorial gifts may be made to Windsor Road Christian Church, Champaign, IL, or to Emmanuel Christian Seminary at Milligan College in Tennessee. A memorial service will be conducted at 2 p.m. March 6 at Windsor Road Christian Church, Champaign, IL; with visitation at 1 p.m. (Read Brad Dupray’s interview with Daniel from 2007.)

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