John Danley, 32
JOHN DANLEY '32, Businessman
Born in Los Angeles and raised in Santa Monica
earned Business Administration and Bachelor of Arts degrees from USC.
After college, John joined the Design and Engineering Department of the Los Angeles Gas & Electric Corporation, but when the United States entered World War II, he became a first lieutenant with the Army Ordnance Department, stationed at Aberdeen Proving Grounds, Maryland.
was promoted to battalion and regimental adjutant and separated from service in 1946.
That same year, John became assistant sales manager at Merle Norman Cosmetics, Inc.
rose through the ranks of the company headed by J.B. Nethercutt `31, ultimately achieving the position of Vice President and Director of International Operations along with being named to the Merle Norman Board of Directors.
Since his retirement in 1988, he has remained a board member.
John in the past currently serves on several other boards and committees, including the Santa Monica Hospital UCLA Medical Center Board of Directors (which he formerly chaired), the UCLA Marketing & Communications Committee, SM City Planning Commission, SM Optimist Club, SM Boys and Girls Club, SMC Associates, and the California Heritage Museum Board.
He is an active member of the Santa Monica Historical Society.
John is also the general chairman of Santa Monica Diamond Jubilee, which hosts the world's largest square dance, with 15,000 square dancers and 55,000 spectators.
and wife Shirley Brann `38 live in Pacific Palisades and continue their dedication to many civic causes.