2016-05-05 / Obituaries


Rollin Augustus “Rod” Daniel, III, 73 of Chicago, IL and Glen Arbor, MI. Rod passed away in his home in Chicago IL on April 16, 2016. He was born and raised in Nashville, TN and graduated from Vanderbilt University with a B. A. in Economics. After a tour of duty in Vietnam serving the Army as a Lieutenant, he became interested in television and film and in 1978 moved to Los Angeles and embarked on a 30 plus year career where he directed five feature films, six movies of the week and over a hundred sitcom episodes. He made his feature film debut in 1985 directing Michael J. Fox in Teen Wolf. He also directed Like Father Like Son, K-9, The Super, and Beethoven’s 2nd. His directorial work in television included sitcoms like WKRP in Cincinnati, Newhart, Everybody Loves Raymond, Caroline in the City, and the TV movie Home Alone 4. Rod is a member of the Directors Guild of America and The American Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. He is the beloved son of the late Dr. Rollin Augustus, Jr (late Ann nee Kelley) Daniel; loving husband of Martha “Marti” nee Mueller; dearest father of John (Logan) of Berkeley, CA and Lucas (April Starr) of Riverside, IL; cherished grandfather of Ethan; fond brother of Ann Daniel (late Edward E. ) Lea of Pittsboro, NC, brother in law of James (Cathy) Mueller of St. Louis, MO and uncle of Robin Lea (Brian) Dailey of Wake Forest, NC, Mathew and Joseph Mueller.

Rod was an avid photographer of the rural American landscape. He often took weeks-long road trips on his Harley-Davidson to capture empty buildings and forgotten towns across the Southwest. His work has been exhibited across the country and can be viewed on his website. Rod played bass guitar in his college band The Wild Hots, and fished for salmon while spending summers in Glen Arbor, MI.

Diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2002, Rod was determined to live his life to the fullest. He underwent deep brain stimulation surgery in 2012, was an advocate for Parkinson’s research and took part in a volunteer program to help other Parkinson’s patients.

Memorial donations to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research at https:// www.michaeljfox.org/ tribute/ tribute- page. php? id= 19513. Donation processing by mail, The Michael J. Fox Foundation P.O. Box 5014 Hagerstown, MD 21741-5014

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