Every step of the way, Dalton worked with words, Iannello said. He wrote for his high school and college newspapers before he was drafted into the military and joined the Air Force. He worked as an information specialist and, according to his obituary, wrote for the base newspaper during the Vietnam War.
Dalton earned a Bachelor of Arts in history from Lafayette College in 1967 and a Master of Arts in journalism from Pennsylvania State University in 1972. He worked for 13 years as a journalist covering courts and politics for the Centre Daily Times in State College, Pennsylvania, before rising to the position of state editor and capitol reporter, according to the release.
He was an assistant and then associate professor on the faculty at Castleton University in southern Vermont for five years before he joined the English department at McDaniel. Dalton created the journalism minor in 1992, designed and taught courses in media ethics and media and politics, and established a chapter of the Society for Collegiate Journalists, according to the release.
"Journalism was always something that he was just a natural at," Iannello added.
And it's something he wanted to share with others, she said. Dalton was always invested in helping young people, and mentoring them, Iannello said. He was just really interested in getting students to see how important it was to write well and the impact they could have, she added.
"He was just what every academic department would want," Mangan said.
David Greisman, who was a student of Dalton's from 2005 to 2007 and is currently senior manager of media relations and communications for Columbia Association, said Dalton was someone who invested time in his students' futures. Greisman learned from Dalton both in the classroom and out, he said, and Dalton inspired him to be a better writer.
Dalton was someone who helped him get his first internship, Greisman said, and, even after he graduated, Dalton stayed in touch.
"He became a mentor and a friend," Greisman said.
And it wasn't just with him, Greisman said. Dalton had hundreds and hundreds of students over his time, and continued to work with a lot of them over the years because he wanted to see them succeed.