Edwin Cole Daly, a former headmaster of Menlo School in Atherton, a novelist and a Woodside resident, died at the Palo Alto Commons assisted-living center on May 11. He was 78.
Mr. Daly grew up in Marshall in Southern Illinois. As a high school student, he began writing fiction at the Handy Writers Colony, located in his hometown.
He attended Kenyon College in Ohio, then transferred to Yale University. As a Yale undergraduate, he completed the novel "Some Must Watch" about a young man at Kenyon College who returns to the small town of his youth. Scribner published the book in 1956 and it was reviewed in the New York Times. His second novel came out two years later.
At Stanford University, Mr. Daly did graduate work in philosophy, but left to teach at Menlo School, where he became headmaster in 1975. His students enjoyed his sense of humor, and his friends his kindness and generosity, according to family friend Nancy Flowers. He retired in 1986.
Mr. Daly is survived by former wives Jane Fowler Wyman and Nickie Greene Moffatt.
Donations in remembrance of Edwin Cole Daly may be made to Pathways Hospice, 585 N. Mary Ave., Sunnyvale, CA 94085.