REVEREND DANIEL L. TOWLER
1999 - FOOTBALL
Reverend Daniel L. Towler, ED.D.,
"Deacon Dan", a son of William and Evelyn Towler of Donora,
Pennsylvania, Dan soon discovered that among his God-given talents was
the ability to run with a football.
The sport helped provide him an education at Washington and Jefferson
College. Then, while a four-time All-Pro for the Los Angeles Rams and
still a student, his master's degree from USC. When he reached that
goal, although in his football prime, he walked away from the sport and
heeded the call to the ministry.
Dan was a two-time All-State player at Donora High where he led that
high school to Western Pennsylvania and titles in 1944 and 1945.
Arguably the best high school team ever seen in our state. One
publication ranked this team the #2 team in the nation after Texas High
School team featuring Doak Walker and Bobby Layne.
At W & J (1948) his incredible 133 points in only eight games was the
leading average-per-game (16.6) tally in the country and is still the
top season total at W & J.
With the NFL Los Angeles Rams Dan gained 3493 yards rushing in six
seasons, a Rams career mark that held up for over two decades. He led
the NFL in rushing in 1952.
Dan was pastor at Lincoln Avenue United Methodist Church in Pasadena for
a decade. In 1966, he became the campus minister and director of the
Wesley Foundation at Cal State, Los Angeles. He went on to complete his
doctorate at USC in 1969 and became Special Assistant to the President
at Cal State, Los Angeles, a position he held for 19 years.
During that time, he was assigned to the University Development Office
and began a program to establish support groups for the university and
organized the Black Support Group and the Asian Support Group. He raised
more than $200,000 in scholarship funds for the gifted, needy and
minority students. He helped establish funding for athletics, including
the Jogathon, the All University Fund Drive for Athletics, the Greenlee
and Krinock Tennis Tournament, and men's basketball. He also developed
the Support Group Council.
Dan continues his ministry today at Cal State, Los Angeles, counseling
and giving spiritual guidance to students who have problems and need
guidance, or who simply need a campus friend.
Dan's community service is broad in scope. He is a life member of the
National Board of Trustees of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, past
president of the NFL Alumni Los Angeles Chapter, a member of the L.A.
Music Center Education Division, and member of the Tournament of Roses
Committee in Pasadena, where he lives with his wife, Roslyn, They have a
grown daughter, also named Roslyn.
Among the many honors bestowed on Dan are an honorary Doctor of Humane
Letters from Washington and Jefferson; a Distinguished Alumnus Award
from the Claremont School of Theology, where he has been a member of the
Board of Trustees since 1975; an Outstanding Alumnus Award from USC; a
Life Membership in Cal State Alumni and the university's Distinguished
Achievement Award in 1996; and outstanding service awards from the Los
Angeles County Board of Supervisors, the cities of Pasadena and Los
Angeles, the National Caucus and the California Coalition of Black
School Board Members, and the California Youth Homes.