STATEHOUSE - Danny Danielson has contributed his time, efforts and character to the city of New Castle and Henry County, and he is directly responsible for much of the city's economic vitality and community spirit, state Rep. Tom Saunders said.
One of east-central Indiana's finest and most-renowned leaders was awarded the state's highest honor yesterday by Gov. Mitch Daniels. Donald "Danny" Danielson was awarded the 2009 Sachem at the Indiana State Library. Former Gov. Edgar D. Whitcomb, Congressman Mike Pence and Indiana University President Michael McRobbie were among those who gathered to pay tribute.
The Sachem is given annually to recognize a lifetime of excellence and moral virtue that has brought credit and honor to Indiana.
"Danny is the only reason the Indiana High School Basketball Hall of Fame is in New Castle, and it was only through the work and donations of Danny and his wife, Patty, that IU Center East was built," Rep. Saunders said.
"He's won so many awards in his lifetime, including the Sagamore of the Wabash by three governors and the Rotarian of the Year award. However, the Sachem puts him in a realm with Hoosier giants. He deserves it, and the citizens of New Castle know in their hearts that he'll always be one of us."
Mr. Danielson was born in South Dakota, but spent most of his life New Castle as a business and philanthropic leader. He was president of New Castle Products and worked for the company for almost 30 years, until 1976. He joined City Securities Corp. in Indianapolis in 1976; he currently serves as vice chairman of the company.
Nationally, he was chairman of the board of trustees for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes in the 1980s, was appointed by President George H.W. Bush to serve on the Credit Standards Advisory Committee and now serves on the board of directors for the Walther Cancer Foundation.
Mr. Danielson has been married to his wife, Patty, for 62 years. They have three daughters, eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.