Daley, Mary Dowling

Born: July 20, 1923
Died: February 11, 2010

Ohio connection: Birth


Born in Lakewood, Ohio in 1923, Mary Dowling Daley’s father, Thomas Dowling, directed circulation for the Scripps-Howard newspapers, including the Cleveland Press. She moved many times as a child and an adult, helping to organize a rent strike at a housing project in Asheville, N.C. She settled in Shaker Heights in 1968, drawn by its pioneering drive for integration. She wrote “The Daley World” column for Shaker magazine and did freelance work for The Plain DealerNew York TimesCommonweal, Christian Science Monitor, and more. She wrote Around the World in Cleveland, a multicultural coloring book illustrated by high schoolers. She wrote a series on music festivals for WCLV that many other stations around the country aired.  Daley also penned Irish Laws.  Daley died on February 11, 2010.