Harold E. Daniels Jr., a civilian employee of the National Security Agency at Fort Meade for about 30 years, died Monday of heart failure at his home on Elm Drive in Glen Burnie. He was 60.
A Mass of Christian burial for Mr. Daniels, 60, was being offered today at the Roman Catholic Church of the Good Shepherd, 1451 Furnace Ave. in Glen Burnie.
His positions at the NSA included deputy director of information security and director of personnel. More recently, he was an operations executive with ITT Defense Communications in Washington, where he was employed about three years.
Caspar W. Weinberger, then the secretary of defense, presented him with the Department of Defense Distinguished Civilian Award in 1987.
A native of Winchendon, Mass., Mr. Daniels was a 1953 graduate of St. Michael's College in Winooski, Vt. He served in the Navy before beginning his NSA career and moving to Glen Burnie in 1957.
He is survived by his wife, Lorita A. Daniels; two sons, Mike Daniels of Boston and Robert Daniels of Baltimore; two daughters, Judith Gast of Jacksonville, Fla., and Kara Daniels of Glen Burnie; and six grandchildren.