Retired California State Department of Corrections Director Daniel J. McCarthy died Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013.
He was appointed Director by Gov. George Deukmejian in 1983, serving until he retired in 1987. Dan McCarthy was born and raised in San Francisco’s Mission District.
After serving in the Army during WW II, he entered state service as a Correctional Officer at San Quentin State Prison in 1949. He promoted through the ranks while working at San Quentin, a conservation camp, the California Medical Facility, the California Correctional Institution, and the California Men’s Colony where he was Warden for 16 years.
During his career, he earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees and participated in numerous civic organizations.
Mr. McCarthy was a hands-on manager, long involved in every area of prison operations. He knew corrections, inmates, employees and the structure/interaction required to have an effective organization. This was obvious in his relationship with employees of all levels/classifications, the public, unions, and particularly the California Correctional Peace Officers Association.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Nov. 9 at the Nativity of Our Lady Catholic Church, 221 Daly Ave. , San Luis Obispo, CA .