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MCDANIEL, Roderick “Rod” Rogers

March 18, 1926 – High River, Alberta
March 6, 2019 – Calgary, Alberta

After a full life well lived and filled with countless personal and professional accomplishments, we announce the passing of Roderick Rogers McDaniel on Wednesday, March 6, 2019, just 12 days short of his 93rd birthday.

After graduating from Oklahoma University in 1946 with a Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering, Rod began his professional career as a Reservoir Engineer. Working at both Creole Petroleum Corp. and Imperial Oil until 1955; when he went out on his own and established McDaniel Consultants Ltd., which was the first reservoir engineering consulting firm in Canada at the time; he remained a vital part of the company he founded until his retirement in 1993. During his active working days, Rod had many diverse interests that bestowed upon him lifetime honorariums and accolades. In 1952 Rod began volunteering on various committees of the Calgary Exhibition and Stampede. In 1978 he was elected to the Board of Directors and in 1988, was appointed Honorary Life Director, a position he served until recently when called upon, he would fulfil his hosting duties at the Brand Room. As Calgary was very good to Rod, Rod in return gave back. In 1970 Rod was asked to serve as a Director of the Calgary Chamber of Commerce, which he did and was then elected President of the Chamber from 1972-1973, while at the same time serving as President of the Calgary Petroleum Club. In 1973 Rod found he still had one or two hours left in the day so he accepted the position of Chairman of the Board of Pacific Western Airlines Corp., and served in that role until 1991. Although there were many other projects that Rod enjoyed lending a hand to, he especially enjoyed his time as Honorary Col. of the Calgary Highlanders Regiment from 1994 -2000. Rod also loved to ‘play’ and had many dear friends that would happily ‘play’ with him and were always there at his side. From the golfing, hunting, and fishing trips with the ‘Rats’, to the end of the week get togethers with the ‘Freaks’, he enjoyed his very FULL LIFE.

Rod is survived by his daughter Leslie (Scott Hunt), granddaughters, Meagan (Brandon) Moore, and Shelby (Garrett) Watson; wife Trudith (nee Ethier); her daughter Chantelle, son Karlen (Jill) Ethier, and their children McKenzie, Prescott and Montana. Rod was predeceased by his first wife Marilyn McDaniel (nee Bouck), as well as their oldest daughter Nancy Taylor (nee McDaniel) in 2014.

At Rod’s request there will not be a service, but on the 18th of March, (which would have been his 93rd birthday) a Celebration of Rod’s Life will be held, at the Calgary Golf & Country Club. Please join us between 3:00 pm and 5:00 p.m. for an informal toast to a life well lived. In lieu of Flowers, memorial tributes may be made to the Calgary Highlanders Regimental Funds Foundation, 801 11 Street SW, Calgary, AB, T2P 2C4, Condolences may be forwarded through

In living memory of Rod McDaniel, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Park Memorial, 5008 Elbow Drive S.W., Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.

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  1. I am deeply saddened by the news of your loss. I pray that you will be granted the strength during this difficult time. My most sincere condolences. If I could, I want to thank Mr. McDaniel for creating such a respectable legacy at the company he founded, McDaniel & Associates, and throughout our little oil and gas corner of the world. I did not have the honour of working directly with Mr. McDaniel, but his presence is embedded our daily lives. I have been able to lead a secure and happy family life here in Calgary while working for McDaniel & Associates; offering stability during major downturns in our industry. The company’s focus on taking care of it’s employees as if we are family is undeniably a reflection of Mr. McDaniel’s values and emphasis on taking care of his own family. His dedication and effort in creating a successful and sustainable consulting business in Calgary is truly admirable. Thank you for everything you did for us.

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  2. Barbara Baldwin

    Trudy and Leslie,
    It is sad to think that Rod has passed and we are very sorry for your loss. He was a
    true gentleman in every way and his years did not change that…always interested
    in everyone and very caring. We extend our sincere sympathy.
    Doug and Barbara Baldwin.

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  3. Daryl Connolly

    I met Rod in his latter years, mainly at the annual Oilmen’s Get togethers in Banff and Jasper plus as a member of the Vail Rats ski group. He was a consummate gentlemen and host while being insightful and articulate when late night discussions focused on economic and business developments. Rod always cherished his family and never forgot the consulting company he founded and its employees. His elegance, smile and friendship will always be remembered. I feel privileged to have known him.

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  4. Leslie, Trudy and family,
    I was heartbroken to read of Rod’s passing. I have a certain fondness for the memories I grew up with, including driving by the McDaniel home on Elbow Drive every time I went to the Glencoe as a kid.
    There was no one in the city, or fact the country, who more highly respected as in reservoir engineering than Rod and the company which bore his name.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time

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  5. I worked with Rod for over 30 years and was always impressed with the wealth of knowledge and business acumen in his various endeavors and by the strength and integrity of his character . I offer my condolances to his family on their bereavement.

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  6. Leslie, Scott and family,
    So sorry to hear of RR’s passing. He certainly had a full life and will be missed by many. You are in my thoughts.
    Susan Elliott

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  7. Our thoughts are with the family of a man of real inspiration,Rod McDaniel.
    As Chairman of the Board of PWA/Canadian Airlines, Rod left a legacy of true leadership as lessons for those who had the opportunity to participate.

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  8. I first came to Alberta in the summer of 1957 as a young petroleum geologist and a member of a consulting group out of Houston that had been set up by a clients to ascertain if the province had sufficient gas resources to support long-term local provincial demands and also a national pipeline to eastern Canada and an international pipeline to California. I moved to Calgary as an immigrant in 1964 to continue my work, and few were as helpful to me in learning the Alberta oil and gas industry as Rod. He was an engineer with impeccable credentials, a sterling reputation, and a good friend always eager to help. As he will be by his family and social friends, Rod will be missed by the industry he loved.

    And by me.

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  9. Susan Hudson & Greg Musso

    We are so sorry for your loss. He was an exciting man with a lot of interesting stories. He will be missed.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

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  10. Major Kent Griffiths

    On behalf of the Officers and Soldiers of the Calgary Highlanders, I offer deepest condolences and assure you that Colonel Rod will always be fondly remembered by the regiment for his leadership and professionalism.

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  11. Honourable Nick Taylor

    Rod was a great man and an asset to Alberta. Have been an admirer and friend since 1944 when we were both residents of St. Joe’s at U of A.
    My condolences to the family

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  12. Major Fiona G. McLean

    I had the pleasure of having Rod as my Honoury Colonel in the ’90s. He was always a kind man, gracious of his time to all of the soldiers in the Calgary Highlanders. Like everything he touched, he gave his life a “good run” and he will be remembered by his second family. Condolences and fond remembrances to his wife and family.

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