Marquette University dean struck and killed on campus near 10th and Wisconsin

NOW: Marquette University dean struck and killed on campus near 10th and Wisconsin

Updated: 4:30 p.m. on Feb. 12, 2020

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Marquette University has identified the victim fatally struck on campus Tuesday night, Feb. 11, as Dr. Joe Daniels, Keyes Dean of Business Administration. Police say the striking driver was intoxicated. 

According to Milwaukee police, a 20-year-old woman was traveling northbound in a vehicle through the intersection which had a green signal at a high rate of speed. The driver struck the 60-year-old victim and he was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. 

Police say the driver stayed at the scene following the crash and was arrested for operating a vehicle while under the influence of an intoxicant.

Dr. Daniels had been with the university for more than 30 years. He is widely published in economics, finance and political science and helped lead the charge for plans to build a new building for Marquette Business.

“I had a couple of classes with him and he was just beloved by everyone and I’ve never heard anyone say anything negative about him at all,” Tom Schimmel, Marquette University student said.

Wednesday, all College of Business Administration classes were canceled and a campus-wide prayer service was held. Marquette also had counseling and support services available for those who are grieving.

“I think we’re kind of coming together as a community and that’s what Marquette is…a community,” Mary Kate Gamber, Marquette University student, said.

A community that will never forget Dr. Daniels and the legacy he leaves behind.

“I remember every day he’d always walk in with a huge smile on his face and it’s going to be tough not seeing that around campus,” Schimmel said.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

The university shared the following letter: 

Dear Marquette community,

I’m writing this morning with incredibly difficult news. Today I ask you all to mourn the tragic loss of Dr. Joe Daniels, Keyes Dean of Business Administration, who was fatally struck by a vehicle on campus last night.

On behalf of the entire Marquette community, please join me in praying for the Daniels family and friends and our colleagues in the College of Business Administration.

Joe was a campus fixture for more than 30 years, and I was honored to call him my friend. He inspired students his entire career as a mentor and educator and made an indelible impact on the field of economics as a master scholar. Ultimately, Joe helped take Marquette Business to new heights. He was instrumental in inspiring a new vision for the college, which we will carry forward in his memory.

As a Marquette community, we struggle for comfort as we each feel the impact of this loss in different ways. We are a family and need to support each other the most during times of immense sorrow.

All College of Business Administration classes will be cancelled today and this evening.

A campus-wide prayer service will be held in the Chapel of the Holy Family in the AMU at 2 p.m. so that campus can come together to remember Joe and to pray for his family and friends.

Support and resources are available for the campus community through Campus Ministry, the Faber Center, the Counseling Center and the Employee Assistance Program. Special support is being provided to the College of Business Administration. Campus Ministry and the Faber Center will be in rooms 265 and 253 in Straz Hall all day today to provide spiritual support to anyone in need.

We will share funeral arrangements in Marquette Today when we have that information.

Please pray for Joe’s family and friends as they grieve an immeasurable loss. 

Respectfully yours,

Dr. Michael R. Lovell



Published: 7:37 a.m. on Feb. 12, 2020 

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- One person is dead following a crash near 10th and Wisconsin in Milwaukee Tuesday evening.

The crash happened around 8:15 p.m.

No other information is available at this time.

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