Brendan Daly

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BA, University of San Diego
MA, California State University
MPH, San Diego University

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Brendan grew up in La Mesa, California, the son of Irish immigrants. He attended the University of San Diego, earning a Bachelor’s of Arts in Biology (with a minor in chemistry) and San Diego State University, earning Master’s of Public Health (Health Services Administration). An avid fisherman, Brendan spent much of his youth working in and around San Diego’s sportfishing industry.

Brendan then moved to Monterey, California to pursue his interest in marine science; he earned a Masters in Marine Science while attending Moss Landing Marine Laboratories (MLML) studying the abundance and distribution of larval fishes off Central California. Brendan’s graduate work was funded by NOAA’s National Sea Grant College Program, for which he is eternally grateful.

As Brendan was finishing his master’s thesis, he began working as a science teacher at Santa Catalina School, an all-girls, Catholic boarding school in Monterey. In his thirteen years at Santa Catalina, Brendan served as the Chair of the Science Department and helped the school transition to a ‘physics first’ curriculum. More importantly, Brendan met his wife Heather, St. Andrew’s Dean of Admission and Financial Aid, at Santa Catalina, and all three of their children, Austin ’22, Elsbeth, and Bridget were born during their years in California.

In 2008, the Daly family moved to Ohio to work at Hawken School, a private day school in Cleveland. Brendan was a science teacher at Hawken, again chairing the department as they transitioned to a physics first curriculum and built a new upper school campus, Stirn Hall.

Brendan lives on campus with Heather and their three children, and he is very excited to again be living in a residential educational community. In his free time, Brendan enjoys running and is beginning to rediscover his love of fishing.