Alfred I. Daniel, who had a long career as a pharmacologist working for various pharmaceutical companies, died Feb. 26 at Howard County General Hospital. He was 80.

The son of Leonard Daniel, who worked for the National Geographic Society, and Emily Daniel Webb, a homemaker, Alfred Irwin Webb was born and raised in Plainfield, N.J., where he graduated in 1951 from Plainfield High School.


He earned a bachelor's degree in biology and chemistry in 1955 from Albright College in Reading, Pa. He earned a master's degree in business from Seton Hall University, specializing in industrial relations and marketing.

Mr. Daniel also studied library science and management and pharmacology and physiology at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J.

He served in the Army for four years in the late 1950s.

He worked as a senior pharmacologist for Ciba Corp. in Summit, N.J., and later was research information supervisor for Ortho Pharmaceutical Corp. in Somerville, N.J., and clinical information scientist for E. R. Squibb & Sons Inc.

Mr. Daniel wrote widely for numerous pharmacology publications about Ritalin, blood pressure, breast cancer and contraceptive medications.

At the time of his 1991 retirement, he was working for AstraZeneca in Wilmington, Del., and had lived for 17 years in Newark, Del.

After retiring, he became a certified financial planner and worked for American Express and NationsBank until retiring for a second time in 1997.

While living in Delaware, Mr. Daniel served as a commissioner for the state Human Relations Commission. He was also a member of the Public Education Improvement Committee, Christiana Board of Education, Urban League and the NAACP.

After his marriage in 1993 to the former Patricia A. White, an educator, the couple settled in Ellicott City.

When he was a member of Old St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Baltimore, he served as church registrar.

Mr. Daniel was a communicant of St. John's Episcopal Church, 9120 Frederick Road, Ellicott City, where services will begin at 12:30 p.m. Thursday.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Daniel is survived by many cousins.