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Dr. Daniel H. Wagner
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Main Line (Pennsylvania) Times - March 1997

Daniel H. Wagner, 71, of Newtown Square, and formerly of Malvern died Wednesday, March 12, 1997 at White Horse Village Life Care Community, Newtown Square.  He was the husband of Mary Emma Wagner with whom he shared 47 years of marriage.

Born in Jersey Shore, PA he was the son of the late Hobson C. and Kathryn E. Wagner.  He graduated from Tredyffrin Easttown High School in 1943 and from Haverford College in 1947.  He then earned his Ph.D. in mathematics from Brown University in 1951. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.  He worked from MIT Operations Evaluation Group from 1951 to 1956.  He then was employed with the Burroughs Corporation in Paoli until 1958, when he formed a partnership with John D. Kettelle.

In 1963, he founded Daniel H. Wagner Associates, Inc., a consulting firm in operations research and mathematics.  He acted as president and chairman of the board until 1985.  While there, he was instrumental in developing computer-assisted strategies for the U.S. Navy and participated in searched in 1966 for a hydrogen bomb in the Mediterranean Sea.  In 1968, he was part of a search team for the submarine Scorpion, in 1974 for explosive ordinances and other debris in the Suez Canal and in 1986, for the wreckage of the Space Shuttle Challenger.  His firm won many awards from the U.S. Navy, the Operations Research Society, and the Military Operations Research Society. It also developed software systems in use by the U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force, major banks and in oil exploration.  It also consulted for non-defense government agencies, industry and medical research.

From March 1988 until June 1989, he taught at the Naval Post Graduate School in Monterrey, California and then at the U.S. Naval Academy until 1991.

After his retirement, he remained active, traveling around the world with his wife and then to England with his wife, children and grandchildren in 1994.

He was a member of the American Mathematical Society, the Mathematical Association of America, the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, the Military Operations Research Society, and the Naval Submarine League. He was a member of the Paoli Presbyterian Church for more than 40 years.  He was an Eagle Scout and was active in scouting throughout his life.

--- Main Line Times


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